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book (design) story #708

rené wehrli:
12 amerikanische maler und bildhauer der gegenwart

kunsthaus zürich, 1958
size: 21 x 15 cm
designer: gottfried honegger

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this 1958 kunsthaus zürich exhibition catalogue epitomizes the close interrelation between geometric "concrete" art and swiss graphic design of that era.

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the exhibition featured "12 contemporary american painters and sculputors".

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the 12 squares on the cover obviously stand for the 12 artists, ...

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... although ironically none of these were actually working in a geometrical abstractionist style the catalogue's cover design may implicitly suggest ...! (see reproductions of paintings by edward hopper and jackson pollock below.)

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gottfried honegger-lavater (*1917) is credited for the design – a concrete artist for sure!

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