art historian Alfred Barr shaped the way that generations of artists and art ” Abstract art today needs no defense. -isms, i.e. Expressionism, Cubism, etc, His schematic of modern art’s progress from “-ism” to “-ism” is still prevalent today . Cubism and Abstract Art has 10 ratings and 1 review. AC said: This is an intelligent, insightful, focused look — by a master, Alfred H. Barr — at the d. Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: CUBISM AND ABSTRACT ART [Painting, Sculpture, According to Barr, the exhibition was “intended as an historical survey of an important.

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Museum of Modern Art, [April ]. Tan cloth stamped in black and red. The rare dust jacket edgeworn and lightly chipped to bottom edge. Spine and folds quite sun darkened.

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Scrape and small hole to front panel. Tan cloth spotted front and back and darkened along top edge. Former owners signature to front free endpaper. First leaves lightly foxed early and late. Uncommon in the first edition and rare with jacket.

A good copy in a good dust jacket. According to Barr, the exhibition was “intended as an historical survey of an important movement in modern art. The idea for the exhibition stemmed from Barr’s days as an art history instructor at Wellesley College, where he designed and taught an innovative course in modern art.


To a study of modern painting and sculpture, he added photography, architecture, graphic art, music and film. At that time there was no precedent for such a course; it was the first of its kind at an institution of higher learning. Cubism and Abstract Art occupied all four floors of the Museum’s gallery space at 11 West 53rd Street, at that time a five-story town house leased from John D.

The exhibition included not only painting and sculpture but also examples of photography, architecture, furniture, designs for the theater, typography, posters, and films, for a total of nearly works of art. Alexander Calder’s A Mobile was hung from a flagpole above the street entrance.

The opening of the exhibition was delayed for one week while Museum officials and Trustees debated with the United States Customs over the entry of nineteen abstract sculptures into the United States as art objects loaned for the exhibition. Cassandre, Theo van Doesburg, F.

Ehmcke, Alexei Gan, W. Stenberg, David Sterenberg, Jan Tschichold.

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I have a lot of respect for Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr. Not because of his role as the first Director of abstrzct Museum of Modern Art. Not because he instituted aggressive advertising campaigns for MoMA, insisting that exhibition catalogs be accessible both financially and intellectually to the public.


Not because he coined the term “international style” to describe the tectonic shifts occuring in architecture in the late s. Not because he was one of the earliest and abstrract publicizers of modern art for the american public.

Not because his perspective of modern art extended beyond painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts to embrace architecture, industrial design, theater, movies, and even literature and music. According to the MoMA website, Barr reworked the chart a number times — he never considered it definitive. With one idiosyncratic diagram, Barr projected his theories of the origins of modern art to his audience in an entirely new way.

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