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American Bauhaus – Enriching the legacy of Black Mountain College

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This important publication creates a space for the lore of the birth of Black Mountain College, which provided a new creative home for many refugees from WWII in Europe from 1933–1957, allowing Bauhaus to live on in the US. A place of freedom and creativity, as we wish it. Let this publication take you into this world and inspire you to make our earth a colourful place. 

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In 1992, the Partner and Creative Director at studio1500 Erik Schmitt attended the reunion of Black Mountain College in San Francisco. The school is credited with shaping some of the greatest artists in American history: Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg among them. Schmitt was invited because his two aunts and their family friend Ruth Asawa attended BMC. He took extensive notes that day and took photographs at the cocktail party after the event at Ruth Asawa’s home. Those quotes and photographs are the foundation of the book American Bauhaus.

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Each quote has a page devoted to it. The quote is presented in its entirety along with the time it was uttered. A fragment of the quote is also reproduced at a large scale bleeding off the edge of the page and travelling onto the following spread. In essence, it is an evocation of the interplay of the conversation that took place on that day. The name of the book, “American Bauhaus” was inspired by a quote Erik Schmitt recorded on the day of the reunion by Peter Oberlander who remembered Joseph Albers saying: “Black Mountain is a minimal version of the Bauhaus … Go there.”

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American Bauhaus
Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Content and Design: Erik Schmitt
Format: 17.78 × 25.4 cm
Volume: 112 pages
Language: English
Cover paper: Meta Paper EcoFibres Jute, 300 g/sm
Inside paper: Meta Paper EXTRAROUGH Warm White 105 g/sm
Printing: Black and white silkscreen printing on the cover. Spot color in the inside
Bookbinding: Open stitch binding, black thread
Printer: Stober
ISBN: 978-3-948440-38-1
Price: € 29.– / $ 35.–

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