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Form as Revolt: Carl Einstein and the Ground of Modern Art

Sebastian Zeidler


The German writer and art critic Carl Einstein (1885–1940) has long been acknowledged as an important figure in the history of modern art, and yet he is often sidelined as an enigma. This book recovers Einstein's multifaceted career, offering the first comprehensive intellectual biography of Einstein in English. Einstein first emerged as a writer of experimental prose through his involvement with the anarchist journal Die Aktion. After a few limited forays into art criticism, he burst onto the art scene in 1915 with his book Negro Sculpture, at once a formalist intervention into the contempora ... More

Keywords: modern art, Carl Einstein, art scene, Negro Sculpture, sculpture, African art, art criticism, modernist artists, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702082
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Zeidler, author
Associate Professor of the History of Art, Yale University