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Gerd Arntz, Fabrik (Factory), 1927, woodcut on card, 17 x 12 7/8". From the series “12 Häuser der Zeit” (12 Houses of the Time), 1927.

Gerd Arntz

Between Bridges

Gerd Arntz, Fabrik (Factory), 1927, woodcut on card, 17 x 12 7/8". From the series “12 Häuser der Zeit” (12 Houses of the Time), 1927.

The subject of this show was, as the press release said, “one of the more unusual, if less well-known, artists of the Weimar Era.” So “Gerd Arntz (1900–1988) and Isotype” was exactly the kind of quirky, unexpected exhibition that has made Between Bridges, the tiny exhibition space run by Wolfgang Tillmans, one of my favorite London art destinations. The twenty-eight works shown here ranged in date from 1924 to 1969 and were mostly black-and-white woodcuts, though there were also a couple of black-and-white linocuts as well as eight of the one hundred color plates from the portfolio Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft (Society and Economy), published in 1930 as an exemplification of Isotype (an acronym for International System of Typographic Picture Education). This method was devised by the philosopher and sociologist Otto Neurath—a logical positivist but also (like Arntz, who lived

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