Class notes from Black Mountain College, 1942-1945.

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Frankforter, Katherine. Class notes from Black Mountain College, 1942-1945.

Class notes from Black Mountain College, 1942-1945.

Seventy leaves contain class notes hand written by Katherine Frankforter while attending the second summer session at Black Mountain College in 1944. The notes quote directly from lectures given on aspects of art, architecture and psychology by the following instructors: Josef Albers, Victor d'Amico, Jean Charlot, Walter Gropius, Ernst Krenek, Barbara Morgan, J.B. (Jsrael Ber) Neumann, Amedee Ozenfant, Bernard Rudofsky, and Erwin Straus. Frankforter's illustrated notes convey Albers' lectures on color theory, perception, optics, color as psychological problem, and design. Other class notes cover the following topics: Charlot (on composition); d'Amico (on art education); Krenek (on tempo); Gropius (on the importance of community and on the acceptance of the machine as a vehicle of form); Morgan (on vision in photography); Neumann (the director of the New Art Circle gallery; on art appreciation); Ozenfant (on purism and minimal means), illustrated with a portrait sketch of Ozenfant in blue ink; Rudofsky (on clothing, its purpose and significance); and Straus (on perception).

93 leaves : pencil, and some ink ; 28 x 22 cm.

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