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New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939 celebrates the spirited trends in abstraction of the interwar period.
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Paintings
Contributions by Hilla Rebay
Published in 1936
64 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 8.37 x 11.12 inches
On view from March 1 through April 12, 1936, this exhibition was the first public showing of Solomon R. Guggenheim's extensive collection. Prior to the opening of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, New York, the collection was hosted at the Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, presented by the Carolina Art Association. Hilla Rebay, artist and Guggenheim's collection advisor, pens the opening essay, defining, in praise, the new trend towards nonobjective painting. The first Guggenheim exhibition catalogue features a full exhibition checklist, illustrated in color and black and white, and biographies for each of the artists: Rudolf Bauer, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Albert Gleizes, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani, László Moholy-Nagy, Rebay, Georges Seurat, and Edward Wadsworth.
The objective picture follows inspiration, the non-objective picture follows intuition; inspiration may be hasty and time-bound, but intuition is gradual and timeless. While inspirational productions, using the individual language of a nation as a medium, are necessarily limited, intuitive creations are understandable to all nations alike through the universal language of art.