Lot 26: New York Avant-Garde Art School catalogs, 1926-36
10th August 2017
Heading: American Depression Art - New York, 1926-36. Title: Five early Catalogues of the avant-garde Grand Central School of Arts, New York City. Place Published: New York. Publisher: Printed by Margueritte Tuttle. Date Published: 1926-36. Description: All in original wrappers. Varying in cover design, size (5.5 x 8.5" to 8 x 10") and length (32 to 48pp.) The School was sponsored by the adjacent Grand Central Art Galleries, located on the 7th floor of Grand Central Terminal, which promoted avant garde styles in New York art circles, staging the landmark 1931 exposition of Indian Tribal Arts (see imprints of that exhibition also offered in this sale), and including among its early instructors modernist painter Arshile Gorky. While founded in 1922 by "traditional" painter John Singer Sargent and sculptor Daniel Chester French, much of the (often uncredited) work by the School's 900 students displayed in these catalogs has a distinctive Art Deco and Art Moderne flavor. Grand Central School of Art...A Modern School of Art / Season 1926 to 1927. 5.5 x 8.5", 47pp. Original wrappers. Illustrated with photos of works by students in the Schools of Painting and Drawing, Illustration, Design and Sculpture. Includes Outlines of Courses and commentary on the student work displayed Grand Central School of Art [Undated, ca. 1927] Original string-tied wrappers. 6.5 x 8.5". 47pp. Illustrated with student work. Grand Central School of Art [Undated, showing student work from 1928] 6.5 x 8.5", 47 pp. Illustrated. String-tied wrappers. Grand Central School of Art [Undated 1930-31]. Details on the courses of study offered, including a new School of Interior Decoration. Original Art Deco style wrappers. 6.5 x 8". 48 unnumbered pages. Illustrated with 1930 student work and one picture of the connected Galleries. In original mailing envelope, postmarked 1931) Grand Central School of Art (c. 1936) 8 x 10" Pictorial wrappers. 32 unnumbered pages. Illustrations of student work and photos of the classrooms.. Condition: Minor wear, overall very good.
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