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Avant-Garde and feedback sheds new mild at the complicated goals, features, practices and contexts of art-criticism when it comes to the eu avant-garde. even supposing many avant-garde works and the avant-gardes of varied international locations were analyzed, significantly much less consciousness has been given to the studies in newspapers and journals on avant-garde literature, artwork, structure and picture. This quantity of Avant-Garde Read more...

summary: Avant-Garde and feedback sheds new mild at the advanced goals, features, practices and contexts of art-criticism with regards to the eu avant-garde. even supposing many avant-garde works and the avant-gardes of assorted international locations were analyzed, significantly much less cognizance has been given to the reports in newspapers and journals on avant-garde literature, paintings, structure and picture. This quantity of Avant-Garde severe reports will examine how paintings critics operated in a strategic means. The suggestions of avant-garde feedback are various. artwork critics, particularly once they are artists themselves

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Towards the work of Rietveld, anyway one of most prominent representatives of Functionalism in the Netherlands, it’s an exceptional phenomenon in the magazine. Van den Broek wrote his article as a result of an editorial article, entitled: GOOISCHE SCHOONHEIDSCOMMISSIE MISÈRE [Misery of the Planning Authority in het Gooi] (Editors of de 8 en OPBOUW 1933: 191). In this article a letter to the editor was published by the architectural critic and kindred spirit H. Buys about the problems Gerrit Rietveld met from the side of the Architectural Criticism in de 8 en OPBOUW 47 Planning Board in connection with two small country houses he wanted to build in het Gooi.

In the basement there was enough room for the storage of bicycles and for washing and drying. The ground-floor had a kitchen with a special window for the deliverance of purchases and with a locker with one 40 Ben Rebel door opening to the kitchen and one to the exterior for the storage and collecting of garbage. Further there was a spacious living-room which fig. 1. 1 with the article by Ben Merkelbach about Wonen [Housing]. Architectural Criticism in de 8 en OPBOUW 41 according to one’s needs could be subdivided into different smaller compartments by means of sliding walls.

This confirmed Reyner Banham’s characterisation of the designs in the so-called First Machine Age (Banham 1960). The architectural magazine de 8 en OPBOUW was - at least in its first years and in conformity with the objective of “de 8” - seen as an important weapon in the propaganda battle for a rational architecture, that was rooted in the modern world. In that battle there was no need for objective and critical discussions about the technical and functional qualities of modern architecture. At the very best, one praised a modern architect in a general way for having solved all the problems in harmony with each other.

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