Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited by Anne Umland. Text by Stephanie D’Alessandro, Michel Draguet, Claude Goormans, Josef Helfenstein, Clare Elliot.
Published in conjunction with a major exhibition organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with The Menil Collection, Houston, and The Art Institute of Chicago, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 focuses on the breakthrough Surrealist years of René Magritte, creator of some of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary images. Bringing together nearly 80 paintings, collages and objects with a selection of photographs, periodicals and early commercial work, it offers fresh insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern artist and one of Surrealism’s greatest painters. Beginning in 1926, when Magritte first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, “challenge the real world,” and concluding in 1938--a historically and biographically significant moment just before the outbreak of World War II--the publication traces central strategies and themes from this seminal period, particularly those of displacement, isolation, transformation, metamorphosis, the “misnaming” of objects and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states. The publication also includes an illustrated chronology outlining significant moments in the artist’s life during this period, including travel, connections with other Surrealist artists and writers, contributions to journals and important exhibitions and reviews.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Text by Anne Umland.
“Girl before a Mirror” (1932), one of several standouts in MoMA’s vast collection of Pablo Picasso’s work, takes the traditional artistic theme of a woman before her mirror and reinvents it in radically modern terms. The girl’s profile and blonde hair identify her as Marie-Thérčse Walter, the artist’s lover, muse and a profoundly transformative presence in both his life and art, but the painting is far from a conventional portrait. Its dazzling jewel-like colors, boldly contoured shapes and surface patterning transform the girl and her shadowy reflection into a deeply mysterious image that is both captivating and strange. In her essay, MoMA’s Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Anne Umland, explores this work in depth and describes the circumstances of its creation: the artist’s private life, his practice as a sculptor, his rivalry with other artists both living and dead and his concern, at the age of 51, about his contemporary relevance and artistic legacy.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Text by Anne Umland.
Pablo Picasso's modest yet radical cardboard and sheet metal Guitar sculptures (1912 and 1914, respectively) bracket a truly incandescent period of structural, spatial and material experimentation for the artist. In October 1912, while in what he described as "the process of imagining a guitar," Picasso embraced the techniques of assemblage, collage, construction and mixed-media painting, frequently combining traditional artists' supplies--oil paint, charcoal, pastel, ink--with what were then unconventional materials, including cardboard, newspaper, wallpaper, sheet music and sand. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this volume situates Picasso's Guitars within the constellation of objects that surrounded them in his studio, affording a fresh understanding of the unique material and historical qualities of the artist's work in the years immediately prior to World War I. An essay by Anne Umland, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum, uses photographs, correspondence, archival records and eyewitness accounts, to explore Picasso's practice and the remarkable institutional history behind the acquisition of the two Guitar sculptures, both gifts to MoMA from the artist.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited by Anne Umland, Adrian Sudhalter.
This publication, the first devoted exclusively to The Museum of Modern Art's unrivaled Dada collection, features some seventy works-books, collages, drawings, films, paintings, photographs, photomontages, prints, readymades, and reliefs-in large reproductions accompanied by in-depth, object-focused essays by an interdepartmental group of the Museum's curators. Catalyzed by the major Dada exhibition that appeared in 2005 and 2006 in Paris and Washington, D.C. and at MoMA, the book benefits from new scholarship generated by the extraordinary opportunity the exhibition created for an international community of scholars to examine the Museum's objects beside those on loan from other institutions. The book's unique object-centered approach provides unparalleled access to the themes at the heart of this revolutionary movement. An illustrated essay by Anne Umland, Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum, traces MoMA's history of collecting, exhibiting, and publishing Dada work; it is complemented by a detailed chronology. Dada in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art is the ninth volume of Studies in Modern Art, the Museum's publication series devoted to scholarly research on its collection
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited by Anne Umland. Text by Anne Umland, Jim Coddington, Robert S. Lubar, Jordana Mendelson, Adele Nelson.
Taking Joan Miró's notorious declaration of 1927--"I want to assassinate painting"--as its point of departure, this richly illustrated volume is the first to focus on Miró the "anti-painter," identifying the core practices and strategies the artist used to challenge painting between 1927 and 1937. Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937 surveys the various material, iconographical and rhetorical forms of Miró's attacks on painting by presenting, in chronological sequence, 12 distinct series of works, beginning with a remarkable group of paintings on unprimed canvas and concluding with Miró's return to Realism in "Still Life with Old Shoe" (1937). Acidic color, grotesque disfigurement, stylistic heterogeneity and the use of resistant, ready-made materials are among the key tactics of aggression that are explored in this extraordinary presentation of the interrelated and oppositional series of paintings, collages, objects and drawings Miró produced during this crucial decade of his long career. This volume integrates close scrutiny of Miró's materials and processes with historical and iconographic analysis, leading to an expanded understanding of the underappreciated aggressiveness of an artist long regarded as Surrealism's most lyrical painter-poet. Joan Miró was born in 1893 in Barcelona. After his first trip to Paris in 1920, and through 1931, Miró generally spent half of each year in the French capitol and half in his native Catalonia, returning to live in France after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. One of the twentieth century's greatest Modern artists, Miró created a pictorial world of intense imaginative power, in which visionary and cosmic elements are inextricably intertwined with the earthly and mundane. He died in 1983 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Artwork by Keith Haring. Edited by Miriam Basillio, Terence Riley. Contributions by Anne Umland. Text by Paulo Herkenhoff, Roxanna Marcoci, Kynaston McShine, Glenn Lowry.
To mark the opening of its temporary galleries in a converted staple factory in Queens--the museum's home until the renovations to its Manhattan space are completed--The Museum of Modern Art has issued this commemorative limited-edition box set. The set features three volumes: To Be Looked At: Painting and Sculpture from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tempo, and MoMA QNS: Looking Ahead.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Introduction by Anne Umland.
No other collection of art from the past century approaches the richness of The Museum of Modern Art's holdings in paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, illustrated books, architecture, graphic arts, photography, film, video and installation. Offering an unparalleled view of the modern era, To Be Looked At brings together an inspired collection of 120 key works identified with MoMA, including work by Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Vincent van Gogh, Philip Guston, Mona Hatoum, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Klee, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Kazimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Elizabeth Murray, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Auguste Rodin, Edward Ruscha, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol and Rachel Whiteread.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited and with Essays by Christian Klemm, Carolyn Lanchner, Tobia Bezzola and Anne Umland. Foreword by Glenn D. Lowry, Christoph Becker and Felix Bauman.
One hundred years after his birth and a generation after his death, Alberto Giacometti is recognized as one of the small group of modern masters who dominated art during much of the 20th century. This centennial volume both celebrates his achievement and reexamines his work, contributing to a more focused concentration on the art itself. The Swiss-born Giacometti was a supremely inventive sculptor as well as a painter and draftsman of the highest distinction. Included here are many of his early Cubist-influenced and Surrealist works, often slyly humorous and allusively erotic, as well as his masterful drawings and paintings, and the elongated sculptures of the human head and figure for which he is best known. The book's three essays provide a comprehensive view of Giacometti's work and its multiple levels of meaning, examining his Surrealist years; the artist's unique concept of inner and outer vision; and his career as a whole, in formal and other terms.