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The Museum of Modern Art, New York : the history and the collection

Author: Sam Hunter; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Abradale Press/H.N. Abrams in association with the Museum of Modern Art, New York, [1997]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1997 edView all editions and formats
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The first and finest of its kind, New Yorks Museum of Modern Art has set the standard for all subsequent museums of twentieth-century art. After more than half a century of accomplishment and influence, it is difficult now to grasp the degree to which the fonding of this institution was a brave experiment, an adventure into uncharted territory. The fledgling museum proposed not only to limit its collection to works  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Hunter; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0810981874 9780810981874 0810913089 9780810913080
OCLC Number: 37878246
Notes: Updated version of the 1984 ed.
Includes index.
Description: 599 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Preface / Glenn D. Lowry --
Preface / Richard D. Oldenburg --
Introduction --
Painting and sculpture --
Drawings --
Prints and illustrated books --
Architecture and design --
Photography --
Film and video.
Responsibility: introduction by Sam Hunter.

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The first and finest of its kind, New Yorks Museum of Modern Art has set the standard for all subsequent museums of twentieth-century art. After more than half a century of accomplishment and influence, it is difficult now to grasp the degree to which the fonding of this institution was a brave experiment, an adventure into uncharted territory. The fledgling museum proposed not only to limit its collection to works of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries - in itself a radical proposition in 1929 - but also to extend the boundaries of art to include modern disciplines unreecognized by other museums: photography and film as well as painting and sculpture; architecture and design - domestic and industrial - as well as drawings, prints, and illustrated books.

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