A Curator's Quest: Building the Collection of Painting and Sculpture of the Museum of Modern Art, 1967-1988

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A Curator's Quest: Building the Collection of Painting and Sculpture of the Museum of Modern Art, 1967-1988

Format:  Hardcover,

621 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9781590201176

ISBN-10: 1590201175

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The distinguished curator, critic, collector, art historian, and teacher William Rubin was a forceful presence for over two decades at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from the late 1960s through the 1980s. He was extraordinarily successful at acquiring for the collection such monuments of modern art as "Pollock's One: Number 31, 1950" and Picasso's 1914 sheet-metal "Guitar." The exhibitions he mounted as Chief Curator and later Director of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum--among them the unprecedented "Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective"--set a standard of curatorial excellence. "A Curator's Quest" is the story of the professional life of a pioneering curator who built the Modern's unparalleled collection, and a history of MoMA itself during that key period.
For anyone interested in the history and world of modern art, in connoisseurship and collecting, and in art scholarship in general, "A Curator's Quest" is at once an indispensable addition to the history of modern art and a testament to William Rubin's life and achievements--is truly a publishing event.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9781590201176
ISBN-10: 1590201175
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 621
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 8.27
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.8 x 2.33 x 11.14
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Review by Library Journal (2012-07-01)

In this massive tome, a project nearly completed at Rubin's (former director, painting and sculpture, Museum of Modern Art) death in 2006 is finally realized. The curator continued the legacy of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., MoMA's first director, as he shaped the permanent collection to best document the development of modern art. Supplementing his memoir are more than 300 pages of color plates featuring objects Rubin considered the best of his MoMA acquisitions, interspersed with excerpts of his writing and interviews. Following that are illustrated transcripts of the eight "Pioneers of Modernism" lectures he delivered at Sotheby's in 1997 and 1998, and the book concludes with list of the exhibitions Rubin organized for MoMA and photography credits.

Verdict: This major monument to a groundbreaking curator provides evidence of how Rubin's vision shapes our view of modern art.

-Lindsay M. King, Yale Univ. Lib., New Haven, CT

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The distinguished curator, critic, collector, art historian, and teacher William Rubin was a forceful presence for over two decades at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from the late 1960s through the 1980s. He was extraordinarily successful at acquiring for the collection such monuments of modern art as Pollock's One: Number 31, 1950 and Picasso's 1914 sheet-metal Guitar. The exhibitions he mounted as Chief Curator and later Director of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum--among them the unprecedented Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective--set a standard of curatorial excellence. A Curator's Quest is the story of the professional life of a pioneering curator who built the Modern's unparalleled collection, and a history of MoMA itself during that key period.

For anyone interested in the history and world of modern art, in connoisseurship and collecting, and in art scholarship in general, A Curator's Quest is at once an indispensable addition to the history of modern art and a testament to William Rubin's life and achievements--is truly a publishing event.

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