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A history and survey of the entire collection of The Museum of Modern Art includes more than one thousand illustrations, encompassing works of art from the Painting and Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Illustrated Books, Architecture and Design, Photography, and Film departments
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To choose 1,000 works to represent a museum whose total collection exceeds 100,000--now that's curating. Imagine the restraint required to compile a catalog of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York--the first museum exclusively dedicated to art of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the first to recognize modern-art disciplines (photography, film, industrial design, installation). The collection is carefully and tastefully represented in this 600-page tome. Multiple frontispieces representing each of the museum's departments welcome the reader, followed by a thorough and illustrated introduction to the museum's directors, exhibitions, donors, acquisitions, and architecture.
Then comes the good stuff: 1,000 works from the museum's six curatorial departments: Painting and Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Illustrated Books, Architecture and Design, Photography, and Film and Video, each section introduced by an essay explaining the development of the particular collection. Clear, large, color illustrations of Cezanne's The Bather, Munch's Madonna, Wyeth's Christina's World, and sculpture by Oldenburg, Serra, Morris, and Beuys leave a reader gasping, "They have that?"
First published in 1984, the book was reprinted in 1997 by Abradale, Abrams's more affordable imprint. While the huge catalog is now less expensive, keep in mind that its content has not been revised since its first edition. Regardless, it's a valuable testament to the quality and scope of one of the world's greatest art collections. It's hard not to want to see all of the works that didn't make it into the catalog.
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Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1984. Condition: Fair. 1st. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP104738052
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd. Condition: Acceptable. Used - Acceptable. Binding threads are loose and exposed. Ex-library with wear and barcode page may have been removed. Seller Inventory # Z1-C-060-00037
Book Description Jul 30, 1984, 1984. Condition: Very Good. Jul 30, 1984 Very Good HARDBACK BOOK Offered by the UK charity Langdon: supporting young people with disabilities. Seller Inventory # SHELF P10/RICHARD3
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Qto., 599 pages, 1070 illustrations, including 319 in full colour. A Very Good copy in a Very Good, clean dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 088610
Book Description London. Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1984., 1984. mit zahlreichen Farbabbildungen, 4°. 30 x 25,5 cm. 599 Seiten, In gutem Zustand. Einband am Rücken angeschmutzt, Umschlag ebenfalls leicht angeschmutzt und teilweise etwas knitterig, Schnitt leicht angeschmutzt, Papier mit leichter Randbräunung. Hardcover in Leinwand, mit Schutzumschlag, Seller Inventory # 157499
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