Basel: Verlag Arthur Niggli GmbH Teufen, 1957. First edition. Softcover 8vo in printed wrappers with pages printed in black and white on gray, white, and yellow paper. With several plates silkscreened in color, four of which are foldouts. Unpaginated. Text in German.
Gerstner’s elaborately designed book detailing a new generation of post-war constructivist artists, including Max Bill, Camille Graeser, Richard P. Lohse, Lanfranco Bombelli, Gérard Ifert, Hansjörg Mattmüller, Mary Vieira, and Gerstner himself among others. With an introductory essay documenting the history and traditions of past artists in the field, including George Braque, Picasso, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevitch, El Lissitzky, Georges Vantongerloo, Josef Albers, Sophie Täuber, and Hans Arp. Issued as ‘ad rem 1’, with book design by Gerstner, and published by Verlag Arthur Niggli, who still publish elaborate typography, design, and architecture books today.
Very good with trace amounts of wear along extremities, two faint scratches to front cover, light bumps to corners, and trace amounts of age toning. Item #480