EXHIBITIONS BY YEAR
17 September to 13 December 1981
New York Times Review of the exhibition
4 October 1981
In the history of the European avant-garde in the years 1910-20, the decade in which abstract art first emerged to challenge so many traditional beliefs about art and its meaning, one of the names that tends to get lost is that of the Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943). By all accounts, she was a remarkable figure, much beloved by her contemporaries and recognized by them as having achieved something very distinctive in her work. Yet the exhibition that Carolyn Lanchner has now organized at the Museum of Modern Art (t hrough Nov. 29) is the first retrospective to be devoted to her artin this count ry. In addition to giving us our first coherent view of Miss Taeuber- Arp's oeuvre, it is a show that casts an interesting light both on the early history of abstraction and on its subsequent development i n Paris in the 20's and 30's.
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