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Modern and Contemporary Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hollein, Max
184 pages
145 illustrations
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Since its beginning nearly one hundred fifty years ago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a vital center for the display and collection of the art of its time. As the repository of an encyclopedic collection spanning five thousand years and myriad regions, The Met presents modern and contemporary art in a richly suggestive context. This beautifully illustrated volume, like the Museum’s galleries, gathers paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts, drawings, and works in other media by celebrated artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, juxtaposing them to suggest historical antecedents and evolving cultural practices. From acknowledged masterworks by Arbus, Brancusi, Demuth, Duchamp, Gris, Hepworth, Hopper, Léger, Nevelson, O’Keeffe, Picasso, Pollock, Rivera, Steichen, and Warhol to important newer works by El Anatsui, Mark Bradford, Vija Celmins, David Hammons, William Kentridge, Kerry James Marshall, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, and Kara Walker, this book delves into the magnificent modern holdings of a beloved museum.

Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance" I, Henri Matisse  French, Oil on canvas
Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso  Spanish, Oil on canvas
The Flatiron, Edward J. Steichen  American, born Luxembourg, Gum bichromate over platinum print
1904, printed 1909
Sleeping Muse, Constantin Brancusi  French, born Romania, Bronze
Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II), Vasily Kandinsky  French, born Russia, Oil on canvas
Ariadne, Giorgio de Chirico  Italian, born Greece, Oil and graphite on canvas
Face Mask (Gu), Zuenola (possibly), Wood, pigment, cord
19th–mid-20th century
Woman's Head, Amedeo Modigliani  Italian, Limestone
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, Umberto Boccioni  Italian, Bronze
1913, cast 1950
Still Life with Checked Tablecloth, Juan Gris  Spanish, Oil and graphite on canvas
Paris, spring 1915
The Musician’s Table, Juan Gris  Spanish, Conté crayon, wax crayon, gouache, cut-and-pasted printed wallpaper, blue and white laid papers, transparentized paper, newspaper, and brown wrapping paper; selectively varnished on canvas
Tea service, Josef Hoffmann  Austrian, Silver, amethyst, carnelian, and ebony
ca. 1910
The Café Terrace, Diego Rivera  Mexican, Oil on canvas
Tea Infuser and Strainer, Marianne Brandt  German, Silver and ebony
ca. 1924
Portrait of a German Officer, Marsden Hartley  American, Oil on canvas
Plan of Love, Kurt Schwitters  German, Cut and torn pasted papers, cellophane, tempera, nails, fabric, ink, and graphite, mounted on illustration and fiber boards, with artist-made wood frame
1919 and 1923
Still Life—Violin and Music, William Michael Harnett  American, Oil on canvas, American
Portrait of Ralph Dusenberry, Arthur Dove  American, Oil, folding wooden rulers, wood, and cut-and-pasted printed paper on canvas
Georgia O'Keeffe—Torso, Alfred Stieglitz  American, Gelatin silver print
Seated Woman, Back View, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Watercolor, opaque watercolor, and graphite on paper
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Hollein, Max. 2019. Modern and Contemporary Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.