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Lincoln Kirstein's Modern

Lincoln Kirstein's Modern / [edited by] Samantha Friedman, Jodi Hauptman ; with contributions by Samantha Friedman, Lynn Garafola, Michele Greet, Michelle Harvey, Richard Meyer, and Kevin Moore.
New York, NY : The Museum of Modern Art, [2019] New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by ARTBOOK/D.A.P. ©2019
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Other contributors
Friedman, Samantha, writer of introduction, curator, editor. Hauptman, Jodi, curator, editor. Harvey, Michelle, writer of chronology. Garafola, Lynn, contributor. Greet, Michele, 1970- contributor. Meyer, Richard, 1966- contributor. Moore, Kevin D., 1964- contributor. Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), host institution.
"Published in conjunction with the exhibition Lincoln Kirstein's Modern, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 17-June 15, 2019"--Colophon. Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Foreword / Glenn D. Lowry
  • Introduction / Samantha Friedman
  • Lincoln Kirstein: man of the people / Lynn Garafola
  • Our ballet and our audience / Lincoln Kirstein
  • Emulson society: Lincoln Kirstein and photography / Kevin Moore
  • Photography in the United States / Lincoln Kirstein
  • Threesomes: Lincoln Kirstein's queer arithmetic / Richard Meyer
  • Introduction to American realists and magic realists / Lincoln Kirstein
  • Looking south: Lincoln Kirstein and Latin American art / Michele Greet
  • South American painting / Lincoln Kirstein
  • The state of modern painting / Lincoln Kirstein
  • Chronology / Michelle Harvey.
Lincoln Kirstein was a polymathic writer, critic, curator and impresario: a key connector and an indefatigable catalyst whose sweeping contributions to American cultural life in the 1930s and 1940s shaped artists and institutions. Best known for cofounding the New York City Ballet, he is also a crucial figure in the Museum of Modern Art's early history. He championed photography and figurative art; established the Museum's short-lived Dance Archives and curatorial department of Dance and Theater Design; acquired a significant trove of Latin American art for the collection; and contributed an alternative vision to a museum known for its devotion to abstraction. Published in conjunction with an exhibition devoted to Kirstein's expansive view of modern art, this volume also explores his wide-ranging and overlapping professional and social networks in New York City and beyond. The richly illustrated book features paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and costume and set designs by artists including Antonio Berni, Paul Cadmus, Walker Evans, Raquel Forner, Jared French, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gaston Lachaise, George Platt Lynes, Elie Nadelman, Ben Shahn, Honoré Sharrer, Pavel Tchelitchew and Joaquín Torres-García-- Kevin Moore website (viewed on April 22, 2019)
Subject headings
Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996--Influence--Exhibitions. Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)--History--Exhibitions. Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)--Employees--Exhibitions. Modernism (Aesthetics)--New York (State)--New York--Exhibitions. Art museums--Acquisitions--New York (State)--New York--Exhibitions. Dance in art--20th century--Exhibitions. Ballet--Stage-setting and scenery--United States--Exhibitions.
Kinsey subjects
Art exhibitions.
9781633450820 (hardcover) 1633450821 (hardcover)


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