book bundle trio / MOD CAPE COD 1
A trio of fun items, beautifully bundled for you! Modernist art and architecture made on Cape Cod.
CAPE COD MODERN: MID-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY ON THE OUTER CAPE
by Christine Cipriani and Peter McMahon, Raimund Koch (Photographer), Kenneth Frampton (Foreword)
In the summer of 1937, Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus and a professor at Harvard’s new Graduate School of Design, rented a house on Cape Cod. There, he and his wife, Ise, hosted a festive reunion of Bauhaus masters: Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Xanti Schawinsky and others. Together they feasted, swam and planned their futures on a new continent, all sensing they were on the cusp of a momentous new phase in their lives. Several members returned, when they had the means, to buy land and design their ideal summer homes.
In this story, we meet, among others, Jack Phillips and Nathaniel Saltonstall; Jack Hall; the Finn Olav Hammarström, who had worked for Alvar Aalto; and the prolific Charlie Zehnder. Initially, these designers had no clients; they built for themselves and their families, or for friends sympathetic to their ideals. Their homes were laboratories, places to work through ideas without spending much money. The result of this ferment is a body of work unlike any other, a regional modernism fusing the building traditions of Cape Cod fishing towns with Bauhaus concepts and postwar experimentation.
ABSTRACT CLIMATES: HELEN FRANKENTHALER IN PROVINCETOWN
Lise Motherwell and Elizabeth A.T. Smith, Curators
Helen Frankenthaler was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, she expanded the possibilities of abstract painting, while at times referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. She produced a body of work whose impact on contemporary art has been profound and continues to grow.
This fully illustrated catalogue has a foreword by Christine McCarthy; essays by the exhibition’s curators, Lise Motherwell and Elizabeth Smith; art historian Daniel Belasco; and Alicia Longwell, Chief Curator, and Terrie Sultan, Director, Parrish Art Museum. Also included is a chronology of Helen Frankenthaler’s years in Provincetown.
JAMES LECHAY: HEAD AND HAND
Megan Hinton, Curator
Known for both his portrait and his landscape paintings, James Lechay’s work often blends genres. Portraits sometimes appear within landscapes. His landscapes include cityscape abstracted to their essence. Still lifes are flattened and separated, upending the tradition of rendering objects on a tabletop with depth and a sense of space.
A versatile artist, Lechay worked with a diverse array of media: oil, gouache, casein, lithography, and even bronze.
In 1959, the builder-architect Hayden Walling, in close consultation with James and Rose Lechay, designed and built a summer house and studio for the couple in Wellfleet (see images from Cape Cod Modern).
Other trios in our Book Bundle series include:
– Back to the Garden
– Local Color
– Provincetown Time Machine
– Rainy Day Kids
– Women in the Arts
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