Forty-five key women of the Bauhaus movement.
Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective reclaims the other half of Bauhaus history, yielding a new understanding of the radical experiments in art and life undertaken at the Bauhaus and the innovations that continue to resonate with viewers around the world today.
The story of the Bauhaus has usually been kept narrow, localised to its original time and place and associated with only a few famous men such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and László Moholy-Nagy.
Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective bursts the bounds of this slim history by revealing fresh Bauhaus faces: Forty-five Bauhaus women unjustifiably forgotten by most history books. This book also widens the lens to reveal how the Bauhaus drew women from many parts of Europe and beyond, and how, through these cosmopolitan female designers, artists and architects, it sent the Bauhaus message out into the world and to a global audience.
About the Author
Elizabeth Otto is a professor of modern and contemporary art history at The State University of New York at Buffalo. She has published widely on gender issues in Germany's visual culture of the 1920s and 1930s, especially at the Bauhaus. Her books include Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt and the co-edited collections Passages of Exile and the New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film.
Patrick Rössler is Professor of Empirical Communication Research and Methods at the University of Erfurt, Germany. His research has concentrated on media effects, political communication, and the history of visual communication. Rössler has worked as a curator on a diverse range of topics from art and media history in Germany, France, the USA and Japan. He wrote The Bauhaus and Public Relations (2014), and recently co-edited Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism's Legendary Art School with Elizabeth Otto (2019).
Praise for Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective
“Spotlights 45 Bauhaus women and their courage and creativity, as well as their progressive ideas and inspiring stories.” —Petra Loho, Metropolis
“Readers will be satisfied to find a mixture of known and lesser-known names.” —Alexander Adams, AlexanderAdamsArt: Reviews of Art, Culture, and Literature
“By offering crisply concise and inviting profiles of 45 Bauhaus women, and through striking photos and graphics, Otto and Rossler celebrate the extraordinary richness of the contributions made by women in textiles as well as in supposedly “masculine” arts like architecture.” —Norman Weinstein, ArchNewsNow
“An eye-opening survey of arresting photomontages, choreography and costumes that evoke 1970s punk or 1980s new romanticism as much the totalitarian regimes under which these artists worked.” —Philip Hoare, New Statesman
“Credit, finally, is being given to the women who helped make the Bauhaus what it was... Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective, brings 45 women back into view.” —Nina Caplan, Oenologique
“Bauhaus Women aims to make up for this century of misogyny by showcasing these neglected women artists.” —Charles Darwent, World of Interiors