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The Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim
Contributions by Vivian Barnett, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Robert Rosenblum, Brigitte Salmen, Karole Vail, and Roland von Rebay
Published in 2005
300 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover and softcover, 8.5 x 11 inches
English and German editions
A talented artist who studied in Munich, Berlin, and Paris, Hilla Rebay embraced the idea of non-representational art as both a style and an aesthetic philosophy. When Rebay moved to America in 1927, she was commissioned by Solomon R. Guggenheim to paint his portrait, and from that point she began her mission to enlighten him with the art she so fervently supported. In 1939, Guggenheim and Rebay started the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, which, in 1959 opened as today’s Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This catalogue shows Rebay not only as a director and curator, but also as a prolific artist—her early abstract watercolors, drawings, abstract and figurative collages, and large-scale non-objective paintings are featured here. Also included are early masterpieces by Rebay’s artist colleagues and friends Arp, Bauer, Kandinsky, Richter, and others. Not only a testament to Rebay’s artistic and curatorial prowess, this book also gives touching insight into the extraordinary collaboration between her and Solomon R. Guggenheim, which resulted in one of the world’s finest collections of early-20th-century modernism.