Wendingen: A Journal for the Arts, 1918-1932

September 18 – November 1, 2008
at Peter Blum SoHo

Wendingen

The New Yorker
October 13, 2008

Wendingen ("upheavals," in Dutch) was an experimental arts journal founded in 1918 and published until 1932. Each issue was dedicated to a single artist or theme, and the editors, at the Amsterdam-based society Architectura et Amicitia, delved with equal interest into architecture, design, craft, and the fine and performing arts. El Lissitzky, Josef Hoffman, Gustav Klimt, and Erich Mendelsohn were all featured in its pages, and Frank Lloyd Wright enjoyed a seven-issue series. The publication was square, roughly the size of a record-album sleeve, and the covers were designed by artists, many of them Dutch. Among the many highlights here is the February, 1918, issue, which juxtaposes a totem pole from the Pacific Northwest with a silhoutted Sphinx.