Mark
Plate (folio 6) from 10 Origin
1942
Max Bill

Linoleum cut from an illustrated book with six linoleum cuts, three woodcuts, and one lithograph
composition (irreg.): 10 5/8 × 8 1/8"; page (each): 10 5/8 × 8 1/4"


10 Origin is an illustrated book of prints by Jean Arp, Max Bill, Sonia Delaunay, César Domela, Wassily Kandinsky, Leo Leuppi, Richard-Paul Lohse, Alberto Magnelli, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, and Georges Vantongerloo. Published in 1942.


After leaving the Bauhaus, Bill moved to Zurich and began experimenting with and expanding the margins of Constructivism. He would eventually popularize the term Concrete Art (first coined by Theo van Doesburg) to further define his fascination with mathematical and geometric foundations utilized in the creation of objects – whether sculptures, paintings, or functional objects – that he considered the physical manifestations of rationalism. Bill never disregarded the social implications of the work he made; against the backdrop of Nazi Germany and World War II, Bill insisted, ‘if you design something for the public, you must assume social responsibility.’ Bill was a key member in a number of artist groups, including the Allianz group in Zurich and Abstraction-Création in Paris. —Hauser & Wirth





(Photo: MoMA)