Russian Constructivism, The Bauhaus, and The De Stijl Schools – The New Industrial Design of Everyday Life – Art after Masterpieces and Museums

Posted: February 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

The closest post-medieval culture has come to synthesizing the best of folk art, high art, and industrial design may well have been three different movements from the early decades of the 20th century. I believe this is what Greenberg was hoping for when he wrote The Plight of The Public, in 1953. Though he did not say it aloud. So, what happened to the Bauhaus (Germany), De Stijl (Netherlands), and Constructivism? The were essentially derailed by WWII. Many of the artists and designers associated with this school did find there way to America, where they tried to start again. Some of the most interesting work of the later 20th century does come out o experimental schools such as the New Bauhaus, the Illinois Institute of Design, and Black Mountain College. However, the work from these schools tended either to be quickly appropriated into nascent ‘designer’ culture, or to remain so stridently avant-garde that it never found their way into everyday life. In a word, International Socialism never became a reality, and experimental art and design were compelled either to be assimilated by Capitalism or remain on the run from it. While, simultaneously, serious art, such as that produced by the New York School, ascended into the heavens. More on that topic anon. For now, enjoy these brief videos.

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