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GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Object Lessons

Case Studies in Minimal Art—The Guggenheim Panza Collection Initiative

Edited with text by Francesca Esmay, Ted Mann, Jeffrey Weiss. Preface by Nancy Spector, Lena Stringari. Text by Martha Buskirk, Virginia Rutledge.

Object Lessons

A deep dive into the Guggenheim Museum’s vast collection of Minimal art from the visionary Italian collectors Giovanna and Giuseppe Panza di Biumo

Winner of the 2022 Robert Motherwell Book Award

Based upon the research of the Panza Collection Initiative, an ambitious, 10-year study project, Object Lessons focuses on four works by key figures of 1960s Minimalism and Conceptual art: Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Morris and Lawrence Weiner. Authors Francesca Esmay, Ted Mann and Jeffrey Weiss present each work from several vantages: an exhaustive chronological account conveys the surprisingly complicated history of the work’s realization, acquisition, ownership and display. An overview addresses the broad practical and conceptual implications of this information for the historical identity of the work and its consequences for the work’s future. A conservation narrative establishes the role of fabricators and the material and technical standards for the production of the object. Together, the authors explore how a previously unaddressed history of production, ownership and display has deeply influenced the life and legacy of the radical objects of Minimal art.

A separate section, with contributions by Martha Buskirk and Virginia Rutledge, examines the topic of decommission, a new category of collection classification for works that are contested or compromised and are therefore no longer viable for display. Throughout, the book is copiously illustrated with photographs of the works, the exhibitions in which they appeared, and related drawings and proposals. Rounding out this volume are extensive excerpts of new interviews with artists and fabricators, key historical documents and previously unpublished correspondence.


Featured image is reproduced from ‘Object Lessons'.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artforum

Christine Mehring

The [Panza Collection Initiative]’s colossal efforts—more than a decade of studies of dozens of artworks with contested or uncertain identities; archival work across two continents; interviews and correspondence with artists and their associates; five multiday meetings with a top-notch advisory committee—have resulted in a colossal accomplishment.

ARLIS/NA Reviews

Megan Macken

For researchers of museum studies, the American minimalism movement, or the Panza collection this would be a significant resource.

Artforum

Christine Mehring

The [Panza Collection Initiative's] colossal efforts...have resulted in a colossal accomplishment.

Object Lessons

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/9/2021

Case Studies in Minimal Art. The Guggenheim's 'Object Lessons' is a New Release this week!

Case Studies in Minimal Art. The Guggenheim's 'Object Lessons' is a New Release this week!

Featured image—the Certificate of authenticity for Dan Flavin’s “untitled (to Henri Matisse),” edition 2/3, ca. 1970—is reproduced from the Guggenheim Museum’s stunning, almost astonishing new release, Object Lessons: Case Studies in Minimal Art—The Guggenheim Panza Collection Initiative. A deep study of the Museum’s unparalleled collection of Minimal art from the visionary Italian collectors Giovanna and Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, this volume is not only gorgeous (it practically glows), but a must-have for any serious twentieth-century art library, taking the laser-focused approach of investigating Minimalism and Conceptualism (as well as the art of collecting itself) by studying four works, in-depth, in particular, by Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner and Flavin, whose work is also featured on the book’s cover. continue to blog


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