Before Alfred Barr there was no museum in America devoted exclusively to exhibiting art by living artists on a continuing basis. Barr, an exacting intellectual, a man of unyielding principle, an influential tastemaker, and an inspired teacher, brought such a museum into being - The Museum of Modern Art in New York - founded in 1929, when he was only twenty-seven. But from the start Barr's vision of the scope of a museum went beyond painting and sculpture. And so the Museum exhibited architecture, machine-made products for the home, well-designed automobiles, films, posters, typography - all in addition to maintaining an innovative and busy schedule of shows of painting and sculpture. Through this concept of a museum and sculpture. Through this concept of a museum Barr was largely responsible for the way things look today: our cars, our houses, our furniture, our clothes, books, and advertisements. This collection of Barr's writing - many of which appeared in journals that are no longer in print or are otherwise accessible- is the first to enable us to survey the entire span of his contributions. The 35 pieces reprinted here, ranging over forty years.... witness the dramatic shifts in public taste as Cubism and Abstract Expressionism became familiar - to a great extent through the evangelism of Alfred Barr - and can watch the beleaguered Barr struggle with disgruntled artists, uncomprehending trustees, and a jeering press. --- excerpts from book's dustjacket
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Descripción Harry N Abrams, 1986. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110810907151