Asger Jorn in Images, Words and Forms

Ruth Baumeister

Ruth Baumeister

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

Edited by Museum Jorn Silkeborg
144 pages | 150 color plates | 9 x 11
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9783858817358 Published September 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Asger Jorn is one of the most admired names in Nordic art. A founding member of several major art movements from the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus to the revolutionary Situationist International, Jorn has produced creative works in collaboration with French cubist Fernand Léger and legendary architect Le Corbusier. The centenary of Jorn’s birth will be marked in 2014, making this a perfect time to revisit his life and prolific body of work.
           
Published in cooperation with the Museum Jorn Silkeborg in Denmark, this book uses more than one hundred full-color illustrations of Jorn’s most important artworks along with letters, interviews, photographs, press clippings by and about the artist, and even excerpts from Jorn’s mother’s unpublished book about her son to provide readers with a broad overview. Included are photographs of the artist with Pablo Picasso and Guy Debord; the founding declaration of the Situationist International and other art movements; a collection of quotes about Jorn;s home country, Denmark; and a failed dissertation submitted to the University of Copenhagen in the 1950s. Tracing the artist’s work through the early influences of Joan Miró, James Ensor, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee, and Vassily Kandinsky, the book also shows how Jorn ventured beyond painting with his later works in an effort to radically renew other forms of media, from printmaking and sculpture to ceramics and collage.
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