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Kantor, Sybil Gordon

Works: 3 works in 20 publications in 2 languages and 1,737 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Classifications: N620.M9, 708.1471
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Most widely held works by Sybil Gordon Kantor
Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and the intellectual origins of the Museum of Modern Art by Sybil Gordon Kantor( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up with the twentieth century, Alfred Barr (1902-1981), founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, harnessed the cataclysm that was modernism. In this book--part intellectual biography, part institutional history--Sybil Gordon Kantor tells the story of the rise of modern art in America and of the man responsible for its triumph. Following the trajectory of Barr's career from the 1920s through the 1940s, Kantor penetrates the myths, both positive and negative, that surround Barr and his achievements. Barr fervently believed in an aesthetic based on the intrinsic traits of a work of art and the materials and techniques involved in its creation. Kantor shows how this formalist approach was expressed in the organizational structure of the multidepartmental museum itself, whose collections, exhibitions, and publications all expressed Barr's vision. At the same time, she shows how Barr's ability to reconcile classical objectivity and mythic irrationality allowed him to perceive modernism as an open-ended phenomenon that expanded beyond purist abstract modernism to include surrealist, nationalist, realist, and expressionist art. Drawing on interviews with Barr's contemporaries as well as on Barr's extensive correspondence, Kantor also paints vivid portraits of, among others, Jere Abbott, Katherine Dreier, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Philip Johnson, Lincoln Kirstein, Agnes Mongan, J.B. Neumann, and Paul Sachs
Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and the establishment of the culture of modernism in America by Sybil Gordon Kantor( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Interview by Franklin M Ludden( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Frank Ludden graduated from Harvard University in 1938 with a joint major in architecture and fine arts, emphasizing the history of art. In 1955, Ludden accepted a one-year, temporary appointment at Ohio State that soon, with the encouragement of the then-Director of the School, D. Alexander Severino, became a regular, tenure-track appointment in 1956. At the time, there was a strong emphasis on the University's vocational mission, although the meaning of such a mission had never been clearly defined. Within the artistic community many defined "vocation" as producing artists-in-residence, and these people supplemented their university salaries with the sale of their artwork
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Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and the intellectual origins of the Museum of Modern Art
Alternative Names
Gordon Kantor, Sybil