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Title:
Modern contemporary : art at MoMA since 1980
Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Museum of Modern Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
560 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Published to accompany the exhibition Open ends, held at the Museum Sept. 28-2000-Jan. 30, 2001.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780870700217

9780810962149

9780870700224
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Modern Contemporary, bursting with more than 700 illustrations and peppered with insightful texts by curators from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, is the first book to showcase the museum's extensive holdings of contemporary art. Published to accompany the final exhibition in the MoMA2000 series, opening in September 2000, the book -- with a range of illustration that goes well beyond the works in the exhibition -- demonstrates just how actively the museum, celebrated worldwide for its great early modern collection, has been collecting works from the present and immediate past.

Organized roughly chronologically, and punctuated by groups of works that highlight areas of special depth in the collection, these images -- painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, drawing, design, prints, film, and video -- offer countless juxtapositions, sequences, and cross-references to provide a unique panorama of contemporary visual culture. Brief essays suggest a variety of ways to identify key themes, and multiple indexes make the visual information easily accessible.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

A noteworthy survey, this book offers 554 fine quality color and black-and-white plates of photographs, paintings, assemblages, architectural drawings and models, designed objects, furniture, prints, multiples, illustrated books, and also film and video stills (but only one frame of each). Published in conjunction with the show "Open Ends," the collection consists of American, international, and cross-cultural works added to MoMA since 1980, arranged by year of collection, with some artists represented in several years, but with only three for 2000. In his introduction, curator Varnedoe notes that the "purpose of the volume is visual information." He also offers enlightening comments on the museum's philosophy of collecting. Short captions accompany plates. Following the pictures, 11 essays by museum staff on "relationships and themes" suggest ways to thematically unite various works. The tremendous variety of expression is hard to categorize, but each essay offers insights and many works are placed in some context. Checklist with more detailed information including size; index of illustrations, alphabetical by artist. Presenting visual challenges through new images full of complex ideas, this is the best survey of post-1980 art in one place. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. W. L. Whitwell formerly, Hollins College


Choice Review

A noteworthy survey, this book offers 554 fine quality color and black-and-white plates of photographs, paintings, assemblages, architectural drawings and models, designed objects, furniture, prints, multiples, illustrated books, and also film and video stills (but only one frame of each). Published in conjunction with the show "Open Ends," the collection consists of American, international, and cross-cultural works added to MoMA since 1980, arranged by year of collection, with some artists represented in several years, but with only three for 2000. In his introduction, curator Varnedoe notes that the "purpose of the volume is visual information." He also offers enlightening comments on the museum's philosophy of collecting. Short captions accompany plates. Following the pictures, 11 essays by museum staff on "relationships and themes" suggest ways to thematically unite various works. The tremendous variety of expression is hard to categorize, but each essay offers insights and many works are placed in some context. Checklist with more detailed information including size; index of illustrations, alphabetical by artist. Presenting visual challenges through new images full of complex ideas, this is the best survey of post-1980 art in one place. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. W. L. Whitwell formerly, Hollins College