Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Save: $23.01 (31%)
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Inventing Abstraction, 19... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This is a used text in good condition. It may have some writing and highlighting. Ships directly from Amazon. All Supplemental discs, materials, or access codes should be included. Eligible for free super saver shipping.
Trade in your item
Get a $18.65
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 7 images

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 Hardcover – January 31, 2013

4.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover, January 31, 2013
"Please retry"
$51.99
$46.23 $37.28

Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$51.99 FREE Shipping. Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925
  • +
  • Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962
Total price: $97.81
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

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)

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)

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)

About the Author

Matthew Affron is Director of Special Curatorial Projects at the University of Virginia Art Museum and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Virginia.

Yve-Alain Bois is an author and professor of Art History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

Hal Foster (1892-1982) created Prince Valiant in 1937. Though remaining involved with the strip until his death in 1982, Foster handed the bulk of the scripting and art chores over to his longtime assistant, John Cullen Murphy, in 1971.

David Joselit worked as a curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston from 1983 to 1989 where he co-organized several exhibitions including "Dissent: The Issue of Modern Art in Boston," "Endgame: Reference and Simulation in Recent Painting and Sculpture," and "The British Edge."He is Distinguished Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Joselit is the author of Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp 1910-1941, Feedback: Art and Politics in the Age of Television, and American Art Since 1945.

Philippe-Alain Michaud is the Film Curator at the Musee national d'art moderne-Centre Georges-Pompidou and the author of "Le Peuple des images".

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (January 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870708287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870708282
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Verified Purchase
This is a very informative book with many large color plates of paintings, and other visual arts made in the first 15 years of the transition to Abstract Art in Europe and the US. This pivotal period between tradition with its subject matter to abstraction without, was one of the most exciting and influential periods in art history. It turned art and the viewers' response to art on its head. How did this happen? This book about the foundation of the movement shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in art or art history. Not just one author, but 36 different scholars, each writing on a specific artist and his or, rarely her works, give a well rounded look at works that are not as well known as they should be. One of my favorite art books.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
It is around a century back that artists such as Kandinsky, Picibia, Mondrian, Malevich and Delauney turned the visual art world on its head and presented creations with no recognizable subject matter. This catalog of an exhibition held at the MOMA successfully presents an overview of important originators of this revolutionary and disparate art movement.

After a short introduction to abstraction the structure of the catalog is to present a brief essay on a featured subject (normally concerning a noted artist) and this is followed by related color reproductions of the works from the MOMA exhibition. Some sections might describe works emanating from pivotal countries such as Holland, the USA and importantly Russia. There is also some coverage of contemporary composers such as Schoenberg and Varese. The essays are generally highly informative, lucidly written and easily understood.

I strongly recommend this book for its content and the excellent quality of its printing and the many well reproduced color illustrations. There is much to learn from it.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Abstract art was developing rapidly in the period just prior to WWI. Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925, the exhibit at MOMA celebrates the centennial of the radical new idea that swept across nations and developed a powerful network of artists and intellectuals. It encompassed not only the visual arts of painting, sculpture, photography and film but also music, dance, poetry, et al. The exhibition is a fabulous display of many of the key works by Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Picabia, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Arthur Dove and many others. I saw the exhibit last month, was overwhelmed, and knew I needed a copy of the this catalogue.
Leah Dickerman , the curator, has contributed an excellent, clearly written introduction. There are 36 short essays by historians on individual artists, Cubism, Vorticism, Dadaism, Early Russian Abstraction, also Abstract Dance, Abstract Environment, The Absolute Film. For example, Hal Foster's essay "Sense and Non-Sense" describes the thoughts relating to Dadaist Abstraction in the work of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. The ideas are unusual, quite astonishing and related to the work of Claude Levi-Strauss.
The book is elegantly designed; the color reproductions quite good, though not always absolutely accurate. Anyone who is seriously interested in early 20th century cultural history will find this book to be a valuable and fascinating resource.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This is a beautifully produced catalog of a wonderful exhibit that the Museum of Modern Art staged from late 2012 through the first part of 2013. The exhibit traced one of the most exciting periods in art history: the beginning of abstract art. In addition to excellent reproductions of a diverse and deep selection of artworks covering movements from Futurism to Rayism to Vorticism to De Stijl, and many others,the book includes many interesting and well written essays about the art.

I don't have a formal background in art history--I just enjoy looking at art and learning about it--so a few of the essays went far over my head. But I was pleased and impressed to find that most of the essays were straightforward and understandable, and full of compelling ideas and information about the artworks and the artists.

One theme of the exhibition was that abstract artists did not work in a vacuum; on the contrary, radical ideas were passed along social networks--certain artist-thinkers were particularly gregarious and forged connections across national and even continental lines, not to mention genre lines (e.g., painters/sculptors/writers/musicians). Some of the essays trace some of these relationships. Other essays focus on what particular artists or movements were trying to achieve.

I learned a great deal from reading this book straight through, and I know I'll return to it repeatedly in the future to enjoy the reproductions and to remind myself of what all those movements were about.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in modern art.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
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 storytelling about the artist (reason for loss of a star).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I was bowled over by the M.O.M.A. show. As in the show, the catalogue allows you to trace almost month by month the explosion of abstraction in Europe and North America. I was especially impressed by the way the text deals with each image in the show as opposed to having an essay or two and a catalogue of images following.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: irish books photography