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Wolfgang Paalen: Artist and Theorist of the Avant-Garde

Wolfgang Paalen: Artist and Theorist of the Avant-Garde

by Amy Winter


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Both critic and artist, Wolfgang Paalen was a highly influential figure in the culture of the Modernist movements of the 20th century. His work significantly informed Abstract Expressionism, especially with his periodical DYN, published from 1942-1944, which became a seminal work for painters of that time. This is the first book-length work to demonstrate his importance and bring together the contexts—philosophical, scientific, anthropological, political, and cultural—in which he worked. Thus it provides a study not only of Paalen himself, but of the relationships between modernist art movements of Europe and America, including Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism—and the cultural, social, and political histories in which they developed.

Carefully and thoroughly detailing the events of Paalen's life and the formation of his thinking, author Amy Winter shows how his biography, art, and thought come together in the six issues of DYN, which continued an exploration initiated by the Surrealists and other avant-gardes, and which delved into many problems which have preoccupied art in the last two decades. Utilizing material gathered for the first time, including personal interviews and archives never before consulted, Winter offers a vivid portrayal of a painter, philosopher, critic, collector, journalist, editor, historian, and ethnographer—in short, a 20th-century renaissance man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275975241
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2002
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

AMY WINTER is Director and Curator of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College of The City University of New York./ Her credits include many articles and papers for national and international journals, and exhibitions and catalogues for public and private museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico.

Table of Contents



Theoretical and Political Origins in Austria and Germany

À Paris: 1928-1935

Through a Glass Darkly: 1936-1939

Surrealism in Mexico/Mexico in Surrealism: Prelude to Exile

The New World

New York School Days

DYN 1 (April-May 1942), DYN 2 (July 1942), DYN 3 (Fall 1942): The First Three Issues

Totem Lessons: The Northwest Coast and the "Amerindian" Number of DYN 4-5 (December 1943), and DYN 6 (November 1944)

Cosmic Creation

The New Man in Barnett Newman

Chaotic Magnificence



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