New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 249 (1)pp. Original beige cloth with orange lettering on cover, black on spine, in original illustrated dustjacket with orange lettering on spine. Historical survey conceived in a retrospective spirit, an exhibition confined to abstract art in Europe featuring painting, sculpture, constructions, photography, architecture, industrial art, theatre, films, posters and typography. Catalog for the 1936 MoMA exhibition from March 2 – April 19, 1936 with two hundred and twenty-three b/w reproductions of artwork. 3,000 copies of this catalog were printed by the Spiral Press, New York, April 1936. In scarce original dustjacket. Errata slip laid in.
This groundbreaking exhibition was the key to establishing the pedigree for modern art proposed by Museum of Modern Art Founding Director Alfred H. Barr, Jr.—a narrative that continues to shape the Museum’s presentation of modernism to this day. In the introduction to the catalogue, Barr declared that the day’s most adventurous artists “had grown bored with painting facts. By a common and powerful impulse they were driven to abandon the imitation of natural appearance.” To demonstrate the breadth of this modernist impulse toward abstraction, Barr assembled a wide-ranging exhibition of nearly 400 works of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, furniture, theater design, and typography. He also drew up a now-famous diagram of the origins and influences of modern art that was reproduced on the catalogue’s dust jacket." (MoMA).
Dustjacket with some wear along edges, small chips and closed tears with very light creasing along top and bottom edges; half and inch chip along top, a quarter inch chip along bottom of spine with sunning of spine Brodart protected. Binding with light sunning at top and bottom of spine. Block with minor age-toning. Dustjacket in overall good, binding in good+, interior in very good condition. g to vg condition. Item #48230