Else von Freytag-Loringhoven
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Title: The art of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven : [Exhibition catalogue & companion booklet to Irene Gammel's "cultural biography of Else (nee Ploetz, divorced Endell, Mrs. Felix Paul Greve, and, since November 1913, first the wife, then the widow of Baron Leopold) von Freytag-Loringhoven]. --

Online Access: Click here for on-line information of the April 25, 2002, Freytag-Loringhoven Exhibition & Irene Gammel's FrL Biography Launch, at the Francis Naumann Gallery, New York.

Published: New York, N.Y. : Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2002.
Description: 25, [1] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Notes: Title from cover, which shows Else posing in December 1915. It has the following motto at the lower right edge: "The Baroness is not a futurist. She is the future" / Marcel Duchamp. -- On inside front cover: "Published on the occasion of the exhibition / BARONESS ELSA VON FREYTAG-LORINGHOVEN / April 25 - June 15, 2002, 2002 / Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC / Fine Arts Buiding / 22 East 80 Street / New York, New York 10021."

Contents: Preface / Francis M. Naumann [p.4-7]. -- Lashing with beauty: Baroness Elsa and the emergence of assemblage art in America / Irene Gammel [p.8-14]. -- [Plate, p.15]: Limbswish, Enduring Ornament, Earring Object, and Cathedral / Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. -- [Catalogue of the Exhibition, p.17-25, Colour Photo Plates I-IV, p.17-20: The Baroness [oil] / Theresa Bernstein, 1917; opposite, on p. [16], Dr. Gammel wrote in red ink on a yellow background with ochre vertical stripes: "Gaby -- Thank you for / participating in the / Elsa launch / Irene / New York 2002." -- The Baroness [pencil] / Theresa Bernstein, ca. 1917. -- The Baroness [oil on panel] / Theresa Bernstein, ca. 1917. -- The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven [lithograph] / George Biddle, 1921]. --
[Catalogue of the Exhibition, p.17-25 cont'd, Colour Photo Plates I-IV, p.17-20: Portrait of Marcel Duchamp [sculpture: wine glass, feathers, metal coils, et al.] / Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, ca. 1917/18; photo by Charles Sheeler [gelatin silver print for the Winter 1922 issue of The Little Review]. -- Enduring Ornament [metal ring] / Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven [=E.v.FrL], 1913. -- Earring Object [mixed media] / [E.v.FrL], ca. 1917-19. -- Cathedral [wood fragment] / [E.v.FrL], ca. 1918. -- Limbswish [metal ring, curtain tassel] / [E.v.FrL], ca. 1917-19. --
Endnotes, p.[26]: twenty-nine bibliographical references to contemporary sources like Djuna Barnes, Margaret Anderson, Jane Heap, Ezra Pound, Peggy Guggenheim, William Carlos Williams, George Biddle, Louis Bouche, Man Ray, Florine Stettheimer, et al. --
Endnotes, p.[26], cont'd: bibliographical references to Else Ploetz as a topic in turn-of-the-century German literature: as a young woman in the Berlin of the 1890s; as wife & ex-wife of Jugendstil Architect August Endell in Munich & Berlin, 1901-1902; and as Frau (Mrs.) Greve from 1907 onwards. Her experiences are reflected in Felix Paul Greve's novel "Fanny Essler" [1905] & "Maurermeister Ihles Haus [1906/7], in O.A.H.Schmitz' "Der glaserne Gott [1906], and in Ernst Hardt's play "Der Kampf ums Rosenrote" [1903]; and finally, there are numerous references to critics like Fancis M. Naumann, Arturo Schwarz, Rudolf Kuenzli, Robert Reiss, Amelia Jones, and many others.

Annotation: The actual "Launch" of Professor Irene Gammel's comprehensive Freytag-Loringhoven biography "Baroness Elsa: Dada, Gender, and Everyday Modernity, a Cultural Biography [xxv, 535 p., Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002] and the concurrent Launch of the Freytag-Loringhoven Exhibition took place at the Francis M. Naumann Gallery on Thursday, April 25, 2002. From the University of Manitoba Libraries, Winnipeg, Gaby Divay & Jan Horner were among the invited guests, as were Julia van Haaften (NYPL Photo Collections and Bernice Abbott specialist), and Gisi von Freytag-Loringfhoven (Art Historian & Gymnasium teacher in Tubingen, Germany). --
Irene, Julia & Gisi were the three participants in the 1998 panel on Else von Freytag-Loringhoven during the UM's international symposium "In Memoriam FPG, 1879-1948-1998", which was marking the 50th anniversary of Frederick Philip Grove's death. A Video recording of this session is available in Dafoe Reserve.
Not long ago, Gisi found out that Else & FPG -- here in his early manifestation of Felix Paul Greve -- WERE married after all: on August 22, 1907, they tied the knot at the "Standesamt" in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. This means, that both parties of the scandalous pair became bigamists in North America: he, now Frederick Philip Grove, when he married Catherine Wiens, his fellow teacher in Winkler & Morden, Manitoba, on August 2, 1914. She, when she married Leo Baron von Freytag-Loringhoven on November 19, 1913, at the City Hall in Manhattan, New York. --
Grove, who was born in Radomno [East Prussia then, Poland since 1945] and usually added 7, not 6 years, to his real age, declared that he was 41 [he was 35], and a widower born in Moscow, Russia. Else, who was born in 1874, used her maiden name Ploetz for the occasion, and reduced her age by 11 years, thus matching the age of the groom, who was born in 1885, and 28 years old. These details concerning Else & Greve and Else & Leo are recorded in the new Freytag-Loringhoven biography on pages 144 & 159/160 repectively. In the related notes, Gisi is acknowledged as the source of the first, D. O. Spettigue & Paul Hjartason as the source of the second event.

Local Note: Obtained for RBR and the FPG Endowment Fund Collections on occasion of the Freytag-Loringhoven Exhibition & Biography Launch on April 25, 2002 by Dr. Gaby Divay, Archives & Special Collections. -- NOTE: This catalogue entry, and particularly, the information provided in the "Notes", were automatically copyrighted on July 8, 2002. All rights reserved.

Subjects: Freytag-Loringhoven, Elsa von, 1874-1927
Artists New York Biography
Artists Germany Biography
Dadaism New York.
Dadaism Germany.

Other Author(s): Gammel, Irene, 1959- Baroness Elsa: Dada, gender, and everyday modernity, a cultural biography. April 2002.
Naumann, Francis M.

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