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I'd Like the Goo-Gen-Heim
A. C. Hollingsworth
Published in 2009
48 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover, 6 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
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.