The Multicultural Modernism of Winold Reiss

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In a first, this anthology presents essays by art historians and cultural scientists from both sides of the Atlantic to rediscover, analyze and contextualize the rich and largely unknown art of Winold Reiss, opening up a new, previously untapped archive of multicultural Modernism. The German-American artist, who was born in Karlsruhe in 1886 and arrived in New York in 1913, defies instant categorization. With his dual background in fine arts and applied arts he set out to bridge the gulf between "high" and "low" art introducing a bold use of color to the American art scene and to interior design.

In his portraits Reiss captured the multi-ethnic diversity of the US. His specific blend of cultural otherness, primitivism, and depictions of ethnicity challenged the conventions of the time.

The exhibition Winold Reiss in New York will be on view July 1 through October 9,  2022 at New-York Historical. It will display approximately 140 works focusing on his prolific time , beginning in 1914 (the year after his arrival in New York City) to the early 1950s.

  • 336 pages
  • 8.43 x 0.98 x 11.18 inches
  • hardcover
  • by Frank Mehring
Item Number: 21836