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Nell Walden, Der Sturm, and the Collaborative Cultures of Modern Art

ISBN 9780367552459
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
254 Pages 16 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on hitherto overlooked archival material, this book reveals Nell Walden’s significant impact on the Sturm organisation through a feminist reading of supportive labour that highlights the centrality of collaborative work within the modern art world.

This book introduces Walden as an ardent collector of modern and indigenous art and critically contextualises her own art production in relation to expressionist concepts of art and to gendered ideas on abstraction and decoration. Visual analyses highlight how she collaborated with professional and experimental women photographers during the Weimar era and how the circulation of these photographs served as a means to intervene in the public sphere of culture in interwar Germany. Finally, the book provides an analysis of Walden’s continuing work for Der Sturm after her voluntary exile from Germany to Switzerland in 1933 and highlights the importance of women’s supportive labour for the canonisation and institutionalisation of modern art in museums and archives.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual studies, and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In the Margins of the Centre  1. Companion, Friend, and Fellow Combatant  2. The Walden Art Collection  3. Sturm Artist XIV  4. Securing Visibility, Maintaining Presence  5. Histories and Archives

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Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe is senior lecturer in the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University.


"Skrubbe’s book – innovative both in content as well as in methodology – illuminates the inspiring ways in which Nell Walden had succeeded in claiming agency and control over her multifaceted role as a representative of Der Sturm. ... It is an absolute must-read for everyone professionally active in the field or wanting to learn more on Der Sturm and the indispensable role that Nell Walden has played in it."

--Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History