50th Anniversary Publications

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

In association with The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; with essays by Richard Cleary, Neil Levine, Mina Marefat, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Joseph M. Siry, and Margo Stipe.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward is a major publication documenting the landmark exhibition of the same name upon the fiftieth anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Abundantly illustrated, Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward features a lifetime of achievement by this titan of American architecture through newly commissioned contemporary photography, archival photography, and wonderfully detailed drawings of more than 70 projects, both built and unbuilt, including such masterworks as the S. C. Johnson & Sons Administration Building in Wisconsin, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and Taliesin West—Wright’s own desert home in Arizona, as well as lesser known projects designed for Baghdad, Iraq, and beyond. The book is richly accompanied by authoritative text from some of the most important Frank Lloyd Wright scholars and writers at work today, and presents a timely re-evaluation of the work and life of Frank Lloyd Wright within the context of social spaces, after the spirit of the exhibition. This catalog is a must-have for all Wright scholars, architects, students, and architectural enthusiasts.

Copublished with Skira Rizzoli Publications.

Hardcover, 10 x 11 1/2 inches / 368 pages / fully illustrated / $75.00; Softcover $45 

Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward online exhibition.

The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum

The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum

With contributions by Hilary Ballon, Luis Carranza, Pat Kirkham, Neil Levine, Scott Perkins, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Nancy Spector, Angela Starita, and Gillermo Zuaznabar

In this first-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America, The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum examines the history, design, and construction of Wright’s masterwork. Fully illustrated with preliminary drawings, models, and photographs, the book includes three major essays that consider the building in three important contexts: Hillary Ballon discusses the obstacles Wright faced in getting the Guggenheim built and how his complex relationship with New York City was reflected in his design; Neil Levine explores why Wright's Guggenheim had a much greater impact on museum architecture than museums designed by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; and Joseph Siry writes about the museum’s novel construction and how it impacted the work of a later generation of architects including Frank Gehry, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei. Through archival letters and a richly illustrated timeline, the book also traces the relationship between the architect and his clients during the sixteen-year construction process. This book is published on the occasion of museum’s fiftieth anniversary and in association with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. With contributions by Hilary Ballon, Luis Carranza, Pat Kirkham, Neil Levine, Scott Perkins, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Nancy Spector, Angela Starita, and Gillermo Zuaznabar.

Hardcover, 8.25 x 12 inches / 248 pages / $65  Purchase Online

A related 27-minute documentary film, Art, Architecture, and Innovation: Celebrating the Guggenheim Museum, also documents Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, whose iconic spiral form presented a groundbreaking environment for the exhibition of art when it opened in 1959.

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The Museum of Non-Objective Painting: Hilla Rebay and the Origins of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Museum of Non-Objective Painting: Hilla Rebay and the Origins of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Edited by Karole Vail, with essays by Tracey Bashkoff, John Hanhardt, and Don Quaintance.

Considering in depth the origins of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum when it was first known as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, this volume reveals for the first time the museum’s complex and sometimes twisted architectural history and the ambitious exhibition program organized by Hilla Rebay, the museum’s founding director and curator from 1939 to 1952. Through the extensive correspondence between Rebay and Rudolf Bauer—the artist whose work Guggenheim collected exhaustively—Karole Vail reveals the important role Bauer played in envisioning the collection and the museum. Vail discusses Rebay’s role as curator, concentrating on her unusual concepts for installation and framing practices in the museum’s first location on East 54th Street in midtown Manhattan, and later in a temporary townhouse at 1071 Fifth Avenue. These sites housed numerous loan exhibitions including Vasily Kandinsky (1945) and the László Moholy-Nagy memorial exhibitions (1947); Vail provides biographies of many of the lesser-known artists in the collection, and assembles press from the period. Don Quaintance discusses the architectural background of the museum, unearthing previously unknown information, and meticulously reconstructing the museum’s various temporary venues. Tracey Bashkoff addresses the formation of the Founding Collection thanks to Guggenheim’s visionary commitment and Rebay’s extraordinary efforts, contextualizing it within the American art world. John Hanhardt considers Rebay’s ideas for a film center dedicated to nonobjective film and how it became integral to her thinking. Fully illustrated with reproductions of architectural drawings, sketches and floor plans, historical exhibition installation views, miscellaneous papers, catalogues, photographs and documents (many of which are reproduced for the first time), and color plates of selected artworks. Extensive previously unpublished archival materials are drawn from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, the Hilla von Rebay Foundation Archive, the Avery Library at Columbia University, the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, the New York Municipal Archives, the Museum of Modern Art Archives, the Museum of the City of New York, as well as private and public archives and collections. The book provides essential reading and a rich reference of the Guggenheim’s multifaceted and fascinating history.

Hardcover, 10 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches / 336 pages / fully illustrated / $45 Purchase Online

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I'd Like the Goo-gen-heim

I'd Like the Goo-gen-heim

Written and illustrated by A. C. Hollingsworth.

Meet Andy, an inquisitive young boy who wanders away from his napping father in Central Park to discover a sight on Fifth Avenue unlike any he has seen before. Taken in by the impressive shape of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Andy asks a passerby what this beautiful building could be and sounds it out for himself, “Goo-Gen-Heim.” Once inside, he discovers the seemingly endless ramps filled with artworks by Kandinsky, Léger, Rouault, and Picasso. First published in 1970, this timeless introduction to modern art for young readers is back in a new edition, with original text and illustrations by A. C. Hollingsworth.

A. C. Hollingsworth was an artist and teacher with a special affinity for the iconic architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. During the museum’s construction in the late 1950s he produced a series of paintings illustrating its many building stages. He published I’d Like the Goo-Gen-Heim in 1970. Long out of print, the book was recently discovered at a library sale and reprinted with the approval of his widow. Hollingsworth’s art is represented in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

Hardcover, 6.75 x 7.75 inches / 48 pages  / $14.95  Purchase Online

Guggenheim Museum Collection: A to Z

Guggenheim Museum Collection:
A to Z

Edited by Nancy Spector.

Revised and expanded, this new edition of the Guggenheim Museum’s popular guide to its New York collection is a beautifully produced volume, not only a handy overview of the museum’s holdings but a concise, engaging primer on 20th-century and early 21st-century art. Organized alphabetically, the book consists of entries on more than 250 of the most important paintings, sculptures, and other artworks in the collection by artists from Marina Abramovic to Gilberto Zorio. Also included are definitions of key terms and concepts of Modern art, from “Action” to “Non-Objective” and beyond.

The Guggenheim Museum collection is beloved for its wealth of masterpieces by leading modern artists, such as Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso. Reflecting the recent growth in the collection, this edition includes entries on such artists as Matthew Barney, Robert Gober, Pierre Huyghe, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, among others. The text is by the museum’s curators as well as prominent authors and scholars, including Dore Ashton, Okwui Enwezor, and Rosalind Krauss.

Hardcover, 6 x 19 inches / 416 pages / 310 color illustrations / $29.95; Softcover $19.95  Purchase Online

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