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Featuring twenty-four contributors, this MoMA catalogue explores the evolution of early modernist abstraction across various mediums, countries and movements. (Arne Glimcher Art in America 2013-06-01)
Dickerman urges against defning abstraction in terms of forward progress... less interested in the invention of abstraction than abstraction as invention. The main impact of this horizontalist approach is geographic, bringing peripheral sites into focus without denying the importance of major hubs. (Daniel Marcus Art in America 2013-04-01)
Three quarters of a century after Alfred Barr, founding director of New York's Museum of Modern Art, mounted the landmark 1936 exhibition Cubism and Abtract Art, MoMA curator Dickerman returns to the realm with a vast exhibition and comprehensive catalogue depicting the incipient stages of abtraction in the plastic arts. Situating the movement from a representation toward abstraction as a synchronic historical moment, as well as one of modernism's principal activities, this Eurocentric organizational feat elaborates a network based on cross talk, spontaneity, and simultaneous development. The front endpapers of the catalogue offer a graphic spread that plays off Barr's legendary chart - the cover to his exhibition's catalogue - acanonical lineage of begotten isms. Dickerman's updated diagram turns reader's view to a distributed web of networks and memes in an endeavor that highlights connectivity over paternity. Even with his intended catholic aopproach, painting and the two - dimensional flattened spatial constructs of pictorial space overwhelmingly predominate. Music is accorded a seminal role; sculpture and film are underrepresented; typographic space and artists' books are thankfully recognized. A terrific collection of diverse short essays by nearly 30 scholars complement this intelligently edited, well- illustrated, and indispensable resource. (E. Baden CHOICE 2013-01-07)
Great synopsis of abstract art until 1925. The printing quality of the art plates is excellent. The textual analysis accompanying the plates was sufficient but lacked personal... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ronald Smith
I purchased this for an art history class. It is an absolutely visually astonishing and heavy book.
I've not read through the whole book yet. Read more
This was a gift, exactly issues and ideas in it were just what was on the mind. He loved it.Published 22 months ago by feather pen
This one will take me some time to finish reading. It is a beautiful book and well worth the price for a new one.Published on September 22, 2013 by Katrina Kreamer
Wish I could have seen this exhibit, but having this catalog is the next best thing. Lots of reproductions by so many great early abstract artists, many familiar, some not so... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Steve Femmer
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book. Since it's arrival it has been read and paged through with an intensity that fuels and justifies ideas within my own work. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Marcus Fletcher