Florence Henri: Mirror of the Avant-Garde 1927-40

Photographs by Florence Henri and Florence Henri. Authored by Florence Henri. Text by Giovanni Battista Martini, Cristina Zelich, ...

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Copublished by Aperture and Jeu de Paume
Details

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 224
Publication date: 2015-06-23
Measurements: 9.2 x 11.2 x 0.9 inches
ISBN: 9781597113328

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Henri’s photographs radically charm the eye in their disorienting spatial compositions.Hyperallergic

With Mirror of the avant-garde we are again reminded of art’s long reflective past while already catching a glimpse of the electronic social media selfie world, currently ours, replete with its looping narcissistic circular causality.Hyperallergic

Her visual investigations are excellent expressions of post-Cubist and Constructivist ideas, as reflections and spatial relationships, superposition and intersections are explored formally in black and white.Hyperallergic

Florence Henri seemed to know and be rated by everyone in the world of the avant-garde in Europe in the teens and twenties of the 20th century.Christie’s

Contributors
Photographs by Florence Henri and Florence Henri. Authored by Florence Henri. Text by Giovanni Battista Martini, Cristina Zelich, and Susan Kismaric. Foreword by Marta Gili.

Florence Henri initially studied painting at the Academie Moderne, Paris. In 1928, she turned to photography after spending a semester at the Dessau Bauhaus. Henri continued to make photographs until WWII, when the Nazi occu¬pation of France forbid her photographic style and materials became difficult to source. She turned her attention to abstract painting and continued to paint until her death in the early 1980s.
Florence Henri initially studied painting at the Academie Moderne, Paris. In 1928, she turned to photography after spending a semester at the Dessau Bauhaus. Henri continued to make photographs until WWII, when the Nazi occu¬pation of France forbid her photographic style and materials became difficult to source. She turned her attention to abstract painting and continued to paint until her death in the early 1980s.
Giovanni Battista Martini manages the Florence Henri estate and worked very closely with the artist on her archive prior to her death in 1982.
Marta Gili is director of the Jeu de Paume, Paris and also acts as a curator and art critic. She was formally the director of visual arts at Fundacio la Caixa in Barcelona and continues to teach graduate classes in Europe.
Cristina Zelich is a photo historian, freelance curator and author of The White Book of Catalan Photographic Heritage (1996). She has collaborated on many publications and recently curated an exhibition on Lisette Model.
Susan Kismaric is a curator in the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has been a visiting photography critic at Yale School of Art, and teaches at Fordham University.