The Grass Roots of Art

Lectures on the Social Aspects of Art in the Industrial Age, 1946
The Grass Roots of ArtZoom

Herbert Read

Cover design and typography by Paul Rand

7.5 x 10 book, with 92 pages and 18 b/w photos. Six Lectures Delivered at Yale, Spring 1946 by the English poet and critic which explore the theme that "that art is in some sense intimately related, not only to the social structure, but even to the very soil and landscape of a country.


  • Society and Culture
  • The Social Basis of Great Architecture
  • The Aesthetic Method of Education
  • Towards a Duplex Civilization

In an early issue of GRAPHIS, Max Bill reviewed Motherwell’s Documents of Modern Art series by stating it was the most important series of modern art documents since Gropius and Moholy-Nagy published the Bauhuasbuchers.

— Randall Ross of

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