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J. B. Neumann

Starr Figura, German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 2011

Gallery, bookstore, and imprint, known as the Graphisches Kabinett J. B. Neumann, established in 1910 in Berlin by Jsrael Ber Neumann. Located on the fashionable Kurfürstendamm, strategically across from the Berlin Secession, the independent exhibiting association managed by Paul Cassirer, whose own print publishing business inspired Neumann. Specialized in modern prints, organizing monthly print exhibitions, hosting lectures, and selling prints by a range of artists associated with Expressionism, including Brücke artists Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Berlin Secessionists such as Max Beckmann and Lovis Corinth, and many others, including Edvard Munch. Published prints and portfolios by many of these artists, becoming especially prolific during the print boom of 1919 to 1924. Was particularly committed to promoting Beckmann's work, and published some 130 of his prints between 1912 and 1923. Emigrated to New York in 1923, leaving Karl Nierendorf in charge of his Berlin business. Continued to work as an art dealer, though no longer as a print publisher. Maintaining ties to the German art world, was highly influential in creating an appreciation and a market for modern German art in the United States until his death in 1961.

Selected Bibliography

Bealle, Penny. "Obstacles and Advocates: Factors Influencing the Introduction of Modern Art from Germany to New York City, 1912–33: Major Promoters and Exhibitions." PhD diss., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1990.

Walter-Ris, Anja. Kunstleidenschaft im Dienst der Moderne: Die Geschichte der Galerie Nierendorf Berlin/New York 1920–1995. Zurich: Zurich InterPublishers, 2003.

Iris Schmeisser

Published by J. B. Neumann

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