Sophie Taeuber-Arp – Today is Tomorrow
A uniquely versatile artist of the early avant-garde: Sophie Taeuber-Arp's rich oeuvre for the first time presented in its full range in a comprehensive monograph.
1st edition, 2014
288 pages, 432 color and 5 b/w illustrations
24 x 31 cm
Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943) ranks among the pioneers of the early twentieth century’s classical avant-garde. In addition to studying dance at Rudolf von Laban’s dance school, she was educated as an artist at the School of Applied Arts in St. Gallen, Switzerland; at Wilhelm von Debschitz’s teaching and experimental workshop in Munich; and at the School of Applied Arts in Hamburg. After becoming involved with the Dadaists, she taught textile design at the Zurich School of Applied Arts, then moved to France to live and work in her self-designed studio home until she had to flee from the German occupation in 1940. Remarkably versatile and immensely gifted, Taeuber-Arp covers in her work the entire range of the modernist movement—applied and fine art, dance, architecture, interior design, and teaching.
Accompanying a retrospective exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany, this book shows Taeuber-Arp’s creativity and her mastery of material, shape, and color, as well as her inventiveness and interdisciplinary thinking and approach. It features an abundance of works drawn from private collections that have either not yet been shown to the public or not displayed for many years, and the accompanying essays from leading scholars treat Taeuber-Arp’s work in both fine and applied art in equal measure.
Richly illustrated with three hundred images—the majority in color—Sophie Taeuber-Arp—Today is Tomorrow is the most comprehensive book on this extraordinary artist ever published in English.
«Sophie Taeuber-Arp –Today is Tomorrow marshals contributions from some of Europe’s leading authorities on Taeuber. The commentary is enlivened with instructive illustrations. [...] This unprecedented collection of images and engaging scholarship will undoubtedly reward readers drawn to a life brimming with artistic expression that after a century remains timeless.» David Fry, American Woodturner
„The catalogue can be recommended without hesitation.“ Anja Baumhoff, Woman’s Art Journal