Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925

Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925

How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art

  1. Edited by Leah Dickerman
  2. Contributions by Matthew Affron
  • ISBN 9780500239025
  • 30.50 x 24.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 376pp
  • 489 Illustrations, 462 in colour
  • First published 2013
‘Mammoth … one of the most conclusive surveys on the history of abstraction’ – Aesthetica

It was only a century ago that audiences in Europe and the United States saw their first examples of modernist abstract art.

This invaluable new book includes examinations of key artists, artworks, events and issues in the early history of abstraction. In combining these investigations with a new and original sense of abstract art as an expansive, various, yet inter-related field, Inventing Abstraction makes an outstanding contribution to its study.

In celebrating this bold aesthetic adventure, Inventing Abstraction focuses on its first fifteen years, as ideas developed and spread through an international network of artists. It also reached into many media – painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and film, writing and the book, music and dance. Inventing Abstraction features extensive illustrations of works in all these forms.

Leah Dickerman is Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she most recently organized the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art and was a co-organizer of Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity.

Inventing Abstraction also includes essays by Matthew Affron, Yve-Alain Bois, Masha Chlenova, Ester Coen, Christoph Cox, Hubert Damisch, Rachael Z. Delue, Hal Foster, Mark Franko, Matthew Gale, Peter Galison, Maria Gough, Jodi Hauptman, Gordon Hughes, David Joselit, Anton Kaes, David Lang, Susan Laxton, Glenn D. Lowry, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Jaroslaw Suchan, Lanka Tattersall and Michael R. Taylor.