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Timothy O. Benson

Timothy O. Benson is Curator of the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Titles by This Editor

A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910–1930

The avant-garde movements of Central Europe were an integral part of modernism’s evolution as it reached its peak throughout the continent during the 1920s. Written documents—manifestos, artists' statements, and reviews—were the lifeblood of these movements and, during the periods when political events conspired to isolate them, one of their few means of communication and exchange. Much of this crucial evidence has become lost to us, and the artistic avant-gardes of Central Europe have been a blind spot of modernist studies.

Exchange and Transformation, 1910–1930

Central European Avant-Gardes presents the first interpretive overview of the complex webs of interaction among the artists and intellectuals of early twentieth-century Central Europe. The key stylistic transformation of the period was from Expressionism to Constructivism, as artists and writers, against a volatile background of war and revolution, saw the opportunity literally to construct a new world through their work.