Edited by Josef Helfenstein and Elizabeth Hutton Turner
Klee and America accompanies explores the reasons for Paul Klee's enthusiastic reception in the United States, especially during the 1930s and 1940s. While the artist was targeted in Hitler's campaign against "Degenerate Art" and the European market for his work collapsed in 1933, his reputation grew among several key American collectors and museum curators, several of whom laid the groundwork for Klee's later success in the US. These critical early figures included the dealers Galka Scheyer and J.B. Neumann, the collectors Katherine Dreier and Walter and Louise Arensberg, and the founder of the Museum of Modern Art, Alfred Barr. Jr. The publication presents an impressive selection of Klee's finest "American" works from that period, including both paintings and drawings.
Exhibition schedule:· Neue Galerie New York, March 10-May 21, 2006 · The Philips Collection, Washington, D.C., June 17-September 10, 2006 The Menil Collection, Houston, October 6, 2006-January 14, 2007