Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life

Edited by Matthew S. Witkovsky (160 pp., Art Institute of Chicago / Yale, $50.)

This well-illustrated and smartly designed exhibition catalogue brings together six early 20th century Europeans who straddled the line between high art and populist design. These vanguard designers applied revolutionary aesthetics to promote social change, and in the process, helped create a thoroughly modern way of life. Includes Piet Zwart from the Netherlands, Czech designers Karel Teige and Ladislav Sutnar, Gustav Klutsis and El Lissitzky from Russia, and German photmontage artist John Heartfield.  Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.

John Heartfield

John Heartfield

Karel Teige

Karel Teige

Piet Zwart

Piet Zwart

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