Neolithic Childhood

Art in a False Present, c. 1930

Edited by Anselm Franke and Tom Holert

Neolithic Childhood

Edited by Anselm Franke and Tom Holert

Distributed for Diaphanes

400 pages | 400 color plates | 6 3/4 x 10 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9783035801064 Will Publish August 2018 N/F/S Belgium, France & Luxembourg
After the disaster of the First World War, the artistic avant-gardes in Europe and beyond reacted to the crisis of almost everything, from the barbarism of technological mass warfare to the hypocrisies of colonial discourse. In 1929, driven by this despair over the present and the pressing need to alter humanity, Carl Einstein and Georges Bataille cofounded the magazine Documents, which offered a comprehensive glossary for a new modernity. Terms like “autonomy,” “hallucination,” “metamorphosis,” and “primitive” helped to reestablish European civilization for artists after the war and to reconceptualize the very notion of origins.
            The catalog to an exhibition of the same title, Neolithic Childhood is based on the writings of Carl Einstein. In addition to excerpts from Documents, this volume reintroduces a small selection of primary texts by Einstein, including the first-ever English translation of his unpublished notes for a Handbook for Art, and provides newly commissioned essays by scholars and artists formulating the theoretical and historical grounding of the project. With contributions by Irene Albers, Charles W. Haxthausen, Joyce Cheng, and many more, Neolithic Childhood offers fresh insight on the artistic avant-gardes of the interwar period.
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