BookArts: (Jean) Hans Arp

25 Nov

Jean Arp / Hans Arp (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966) was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.

From De Stijl, vol. 7, nr. 73/74 (January 1926).

Hans Arp. 1886-1966. Photo Credit: From De Stijl, vol. 7, nr. 73/74 (January 1926).

Arp was a founding member of the Dada movement in Zürich in 1916. In 1920, as Hans Arp, along with Max Ernst, and the social activist Alfred Grünwald, he set up the Cologne Dada group. He contributed to the publication “Schammade,” and created the “Fatagaga” pictures with Ernst. He collaboration with Kurt Schwitters on the latter’s periodical “Merz” in 1923. He also published “Die Wolkenpumpe” (“The Cloud Pump”), a series of poems, and “Der Vogel Selbdritt” (“The Bird Thrice with Itself”), a collection of poems and woodcuts, and a collective publication of “Dada in Tyrol, Au Grand Air, Der Sängerkrieg.”

In 1925 his work also appeared in the first exhibition of the surrealist group at the Galerie Pierre in Paris.

In 1931, he broke with the Surrealism movement to found Abstraction-Création, working with the Paris-based group Abstraction-Création and the periodical, Transition.

Throughout the 1930s and until the end of his life, he wrote and published essays and poetry, including the Zürich DaDa-publications “Cabaret Voltaire,” “Dada” (issues 1-3), and “391” (issue #8), he published illustrations; in “Dada” (issue 4/5) and “Der Zeltweg” he published illustrations and poems.

Hans Arp. Enak’s Tears (Terrestrial Forms). 1917. Painted wood, 34 x 23 1/8 x 2 3/8”

Hans Arp. Enak’s Tears (Terrestrial Forms). 1917. Painted wood, 34 x 23 1/8 x 2 3/8”

Hans Arp. Forest. 1916. Painted Wood.

Hans Arp. Forest. 1916. Painted Wood.

Hans Arp. Two-colour linocuts, handset, letterpress, concertina, cover printed, with linocuts, bookprinting paper. 10" x 10".

Hans Arp. Two-colour linocuts, handset, letterpress, concertina, cover printed, with linocuts, bookprinting paper. 10

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3 Responses to “BookArts: (Jean) Hans Arp”

  1. David W Detrich July 25, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Can you tell me what this book cover designed by Hans Arp is for? It looks interesting. What year was this done? I might like to use it in my book on the poetry of Arp and others.

    • aditi raychoudhury July 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

      Hans Arp, Mondsand

      Two-colour linocuts, handset, letterpress, concertina, cover printed, with linocuts, bookprinting paper
      24 x 24 cm. Edition of 40 copies; 1994.

      hope this helps

  2. Tanisha Elreda November 19, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    Hi, awesome article. I really enjoy the art stuff. Thank you for writing this and providing an inspiration.

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