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Guggenheim museum collection A to Z
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Second, revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Guggenheim Museum Publications : Distributed by Abrams, [2001]

Physical Description:
392 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Global Guggenheim: Selections from the Extended Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 9-April 22, 2001"--T.p. verso.

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N6487.N4 S642 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"Revised, expanded, and completely redesigned, this new edition of the Guggenheim Museum's popular guide to its New York collection is a beautifully produced volume, not only a handy overview of the museum's holdings but a concise, engaging primer on 20th-century art." "Organized alphabetically the book consists of entries on more than 250 of the most important paintings, sculptures, and other artworks in the collection by artists from Marina Abramovic to Gilberto Zorio. Also included are definitions of key terms and concepts of Modern art, from "Action" to "Non-Objective" and beyond." "The Guggenheim Museum Collection is beloved for its wealth of masterpieces by leading Modern artists, such as Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso. Reflecting the recent growth in the collection, this 2001 edition includes new entries on such artists as Matthew Barney, Robert Gober, Ann Hamilton, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, among others. The text is by the museum's curators as well as prominent authors and scholars, including Dore Ashton, Gary Garrels, and Rosalind Krauss."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This first revision since 1992 of the official guide to the Guggenheim's collections adds 42 new entries to bring the total offerings to about 150 artists, from Max Beckmann to Bill Viola, as well as a few concepts, such as "action" and "materials," summing up just over 100 years of art. The relatively compact size of the book (6 1/4" 9 1/4" 1 3/4") and the space allotment (usually two pages per entry) mean that the illustrations are not large, especially when an artist is represented by two, three, or more images. But the image quality is good, and the texts are superior to those in a spate of recent dictionary-style art guides (e.g., The Art Book, LJ 12/94). The signed entries, by Spector's fellow Guggenheim curators as well as independent art historians, explain the illustrated works and also give sufficient biocritical information for the intelligent lay reader to begin to understand the artist. That said, the Guggenheim remains a quirky institution, and it shows here: Abstraction is covered in all its iterations, while photography seems to have begun in the last couple of decades. Too cursory for art libraries, this would make a fine, affordable addition to general collections, though consider that the full book is available at www.guggenheimcollection. org. Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The Guggenheim Museum Collection is a most efficient and effective collection of brief writings concerning artists and artworks included in the Guggenheim's permanent collection. Rather than being a technical research aid for art historians, this guide is helpful to the interested general reader who wishes to know why a particular artist or art piece is collected, and in some cases, what it purports to be. It also often includes references to art movements and terms that can be especially helpful to the reader. It is a sophisticated read that refrains from using art-history-speak as well as art-speak, yet does not in any way condescend to the reader. In addition, and perhaps most remarkably, it is not dull or dry and retains an element of wit throughout. Most notably illustrating this latter point is the guide's clever definition of "kitsch" written by contributing author John Miller. Though this brief essay pulls from Clement Greenberg's 1939 "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" and includes references to surrealism, it remains eminently understandable and refreshing. As a practicing curator of 20th-century art, this reviewer finds the guide helpful in both work and personal research. Recommended for all levels of readers. P. J. Trimpe University of Iowa Museum of Art