June 8, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba
Whither the Book?
While e-book publishing remains in a static state and the sale and use of e-readers has declined, the “Old New Media” of the internet has makes available, for free, an immense trove of both Literature and Art which we have written about in a number of prior posts. An outstanding example is the ability to download 336 issues of the Avant-Garde Magazine, The Storm (Der Sturm).
“The avant-garde (from French, “advance guard” or “vanguard”, literally “fore-guard”) are people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.”
“The avant-garde pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism. Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement and still continue to do so, tracing a history from Dada through the Situationists to postmodern artists such as the Language poets around 1981.” (Source: Wikpedia)
Avant-Garde Magazine, The Storm (1910-1932)
“Der Strum was a magazine covering the expressionism movement founded in Berlin in 1910 by Herwarth Walden. It ran weekly until monthly in 1914, and became a quarterly in 1924 until it ceased publication in 1932.” (Source: Monoskop. Monoskop defines itself as “a wiki for collaborative studies of the arts, media and humanities”. )
Avante-Guard Cover Designs
“You can also see some of the inspired cover designs Der Sturm used over its decades of publication. “The magazine became well known for the inclusion of woodcuts and linocuts,” writes the Guggenheim, “including works by Guggenheim collection artists Marc Chagall,Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Kokoschka, Franz Marc, László Moholy-Nagy, and others.”
Avante-Guard Graphic Designs
Monoskop “features several of Der Sturm’s graphic designs by Moholy-Nagy, such as the cover above, … Monoskop also provides a good deal of historical context for the magazine and the gallery it fostered, Galerie Der Sturm, “started by Walden to celebrate its 100th edition, in 1912.” Source: Open Culture.)