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  • 1920s Berlin (Basic Art Series 2.0)
  • Rainer Metzger
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  • 12 September 2019
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1920s Berlin (Basic Art Series 2.0)The pictures were excellent the text was mediocre The pictures showed the Zeitgeist of 1920 s Berlin, but the writing was not at all incisive or perspicuous. Era la poca de los audaces cuadros expresionistas, del magn fico dise o de libros, de la obra de arte total de la Bauhaus, de los drag balls bailes de travestidos , del cabaret, de la pel cula Metropolis y de Marlene Dietrich, figura emergente del teatro y el cine mudo Entre las dos guerras mundiales, en la d cada de 1920, Berl n viv a un gran apogeo cultural que proporcionaba el caldo de cultivo perfecto para nuevas y rompedores ideas, inventos y arte de vanguardia.Este libro sumerge a los lectores en el esp ritu libre de la poca de Weimar Por medio de numerosas obras representativas de la pintura, la escultura, la arquitectura, el dise o gr fico, la fotograf a y el cine descubrimos las innovaciones, las ideas y los sue os que caracterizaron esta ventana cultural nica Exploramos locales de jazz y salas de baile, cines abarrotados y el estilo flapper, los avances tecnol gicos y del transporte, las torres de radio y el traqueteo de trenes y tranv as, los grandes edificios, las obras maestras del cine y las nuevas mujeres independientes que fumaban cigarrillos, llevaban el pelo corto y ganaban su propio dinero.Entre los trabajos presentados en este v vido retrato cultural se incluyen Los periodistas, de Hannah H ch Manos en la m quina de escribir, de Lotte Jacobi Retrato de Sylvia von Harden, de Otto Dix Proyecto para la Alexanderplatz, de Peter Behrens y El ngel azul, de Josef von Sternberg, protagonizada por Marlene Dietrich en el papel de la artista de cabaret Lola Lola.En el camino descubrimos tanto los anhelos ut picos como la nefasta realidad econ mica y pol tica alemana que impuls tanto obras maestras del escapismo y del idealismo como las de corte m s reaccionario Tras el brillo de las luces y los vestidos de lentejuelas, se esconden la inflaci n, el trabajo en las f bricas y el fr gil consenso pol tico que ocultaba esta edad de oro, que luego desembocar a brutalmente en el ascenso en el pa s del nacionalsocialismo. Any review of this book would have to start off with a few words on the series of books that it is part of Taschen Publishing s Basic Arts 2.0 These books are relatively short, at about 96 or so pages, with very roughly half consisting of illustrations of one type or another As a result of this short length these books tend to be strongest in general when covering individual artists who have a relatively small repertoire of collection of known art work Examples of such artists are Hieronymus Bosch, Vermeer or Bruegel the Elder, who have some 30 40 known works of art With respect to artists that have many , such as Durer or Turner the books usually again in general cannot cover their topics in the requisite depth.This problem becomes much severe in books in the Basic Art series that cover entire schools of art or art periods i.e., Ancient Greek Art, Roman Art, Surrealism, Futurism, etc , like Berlin in the 1920s attempts Covering a single artist with a large number of works is difficult enough, but covering an entire art school, in only 96 pages is extremely challenging That is why books in this series focusing on such broad topics are so weak.This book in that series, by author Rainer Metzger, has an even difficult job It not only covers paintings during the period this reviewer, before purchasing the book, only thought it would cover paintings of the New Objectivity school but a wide variety of other art forms such as film, photography and architecture Hence the book is simply overwhelmed by its topic To add to this problem the author is also a bit verbose.On the positive side the author does a decent job at introducing the reader to the environment of the times in Berlin However, even then there is practically no discussion or analysis regarding the important fact that one of the major, if not most important factors, contributing to the art world of the time was its break with the past resulting from the shock of the First World War Not that Berlin was alone in this, other parts of the world were also impacted For example the horrors of the First World War lead to post war literature in Britain being infected with intense cynicism i.e., Robert Grave s Good Bye to All That being an excellent example.A second thing recommending the book is the fact that it has a good selection of artists and along with, nearly always, a single example of their work Like all Basic Arts series books, these are presented in the second part of the book with the first covering an overview of the period Again though, it is very difficult to sum up the entire product of a single artist in only 2 pages per artist one page consisting of a single example of his or her art and the second a page of text on the artist.A third positive is the quality of the illustrations in the book Now quite what one would find in a museum quality book costing 100 or but definitely fantastic for a book in the 10 15 range Taschen Publishing continues its tradition in this regard.In short, a really basic but too short intro to the topic that can, at most, only slightly touch the topic and leaving most of it uncovered Even as an introduction to the completely new to this art school this book is too in depth.For those interested in much lengthier and better introduction to the New Objectivity school albeit only to graphic arts and excluding film and architecture this reviewer much recommends Serfiusz Michalski s book New Objectivity This book, too, is published by Taschen but is not part of the Basic Art series It is than double the length of books in the Basic Art series and is of a much larger format Hence there is much and needed in depth coverage.