Sunday, November 27, 2011
SURREALISM & MODERNISM: From the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
SURREALISM and MODERNISM: From the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Edited by Eric Zafran & Paul Paret
First ever survey of this museum's collection of excellent modern art - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's remarkable collection of modern art is due to a succession of adventurous directors and curators. This book showcases the museums collection and provides fascinating details about how it was acquired. Richly Illustrated with the artworks in color and photos of the artists and their studios in black and white.
Many of the works - the surrealist paintings in particular - were bought directly from the artists or from their first exhibitions. The famed Atheneum director Chick Austin mounted the first Surrealist exhibition in America in 1931 and bought works from the then barely known Salvador Dali - works by de Chirico, Ernst, Matta, Tanguy and Calder soon followed. Then in 1934 the Atheneum had the first great American retrospective of Picasso and the museum bought a small neo-classical piece to add to its collection.
Later, Marini, Georgia O'Keefe, de Kooning, Jackson Pollack and many others works were added to provide a broad overview of artistic trends from the last century. An excellent book.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art w/ Yale University Press - 2005 Edition - 151 Page Hardcover - Richly Illustrated with the artworks in color and photos of the artists and their studios in black and white - PRICE: $30.00
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