Cohen, Arthur A. and Elaine Lustig: EX LIBRIS 11: BAUHAUS. NYC: Ex Libris, 1985. First edition. A fine catalogue in stiff, printed wrappers. Catalogue design and typography by Elaine Lustig Cohen.
7 x 10 illustrated catalogue of 197 items for sale. A very useful reference volume and sought-after artifact from Cohen and Elaine Lustig Cohen's legendary bookstore Ex-Libris.
Includes items such as Letterhead, Photographs, Postcards, Books Posters, Periodicals and more from the Bauhaus students and masters, including Walter Gropius, Lazslo Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, Mies van der Rohe, Adolf Meyer, Oskar Schlemmer, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, etc and many many others.
I consider the Bauhaus to be the spring from whence the Modern Movement as we know it originally flowed. If you share that opinion, this is a truly invaluable reference item -- you have been warned.
Ex-Libris catalogues have proven themselves to be a consistently invaluable reference for folks interested in 20th-Century Modernism and the related art movements of the Bauhaus, Futurism, Dada & Surrealism, Avant-Garde, Graphic Design, Architecture, Theater, Poster Design, Expressionism, Modern American and European Art Movements, and any other ISM that might tickle your fancy. But if you've read this far, you already knew that, didn't you?
Ex Libris Rare Books was founded in 1973 by Elaine Lustig-Cohen and her husband Arthur A. Cohen (1928-1986). She was a graphic designer of no small renown, and he was a theologian, novelist, art and literary critic, who wrote extensively on Modern Art. The couple dealt in important and rare printed material and graphic documentation of International 20th-Century art. Much of their early inventory is now in Museums and international private collections. Many items that in these illustrated catalogues are impossible to find today, making these catalogues invaluable to collectors, dealers and scholars alike. They remain exceptional research tools overflowing with important objects and information, include scholarly listings, descriptions, photographs and (1980's) prices of all kinds of early 20th-Century ephemera including posters, letterheads, magazines, reviews, brochures, books, stationery, correspondence, posters, advertisements and much more. You have been warned.