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Art and Design Books90 of 104i cannot believe i found this book! 1936 book on Surrealism / Dada by Julien Levy - a book designed by Joseph CornellEastwest Art Society - Second Exhibition in San Francisco Museum of Art - 1922
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Posted 5 years ago


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Urban Ore is a recycling center. they have pickers who go through the trash sent to the Berkeley Transfer Station and anything good, they are supposed to pull out and sell at Urban Ore. They tend to price stuff on the high side - much higher than flea market prices - which i don't get, but i do find some treasures there sometimes. i've found some real treasures at the berkeley dump too - stuff which was passed over by the pickers.

does anyone know anything about this book? i'm crazy over anything to do w/ the dadaists/surrealists/russian avant garde in paris/etc. so this is a real treasure for me!

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I'd say a treasure!
    Kunstismus, 1914-1924 (The Isms of Art)
    El Lissitzky (Russian, 1890–1941)

    by Jean (Hans) Arp, El Lissitzky. 1925.
    Illustrated book with letterpress typography, page: 10 1/8 x 7 11/16" (25.7 x 19.5 cm).
    Publisher: Eugen Rentsch, Zurich, Munich, and Leipzig.

  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    i knew someone would recognize it, and i thought it would be you vetraio50. the cashier had to pry it from my fingers to check the price on it. i really love jean arp, and this is just loaded w/ his work. i'd like to find more translations and even some interpretations of the piece. it's kind of like arp's version of duchamp's 'bride stripped bare by her bachelor's', don't you think? a generic treatise on all isms? or the ISM of isms?
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Ism R us!
    The concrete poetry on the cover is wow!
    Did it come from a public library?
    I'd hope not.
    I'd help you with any translation.

  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago,ellissitzky/Interesting
  5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    wow! that was a distraction. i just ordered Cyrus Highsmith new book 'Inside paragraphs: typographic fundamentals'. you always get me on a roll vetraio50.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    This is even better!,ellissitzky/Interesting
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    did you see: Aleksandr Rodchenko's Book with nine letterpress photomontages?! wow!

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