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Guggenheim International Award 1964

Guggenheim International Award 1964

Lawrence Alloway
Published in 1964
128 pages

The Guggenheim International Award (GIA) was established in 1956 and took place every two years. Each year the GIA was held, it expanded to include additional countries. For the 1964 awards the museum curator, Lawrence Alloway, traveled to more than thirty countries and selected approximately 100 works for the exhibition. The catalogue accompanying the Fourth Guggenheim International Award includes reproductions of the works selected for the exhibition, texts from the artists, and an essay by Alloway on the process of selecting paintings for the exhibition.


When an exhibition is predicated on the fact of diversity, as this exhibition is, the notion of hierarchy in the arts becomes expendable; one can also dispense with some confidence in the universal status of art which former writers could express so cordially. The claim for art's universality usually involved its detachment from life and its contact with a realm above and beyond a changing world and the corruptible flesh. Now it is possible to value the artist not to the extent that he is the agent of a greater power . . . but to the extent that he is himself.

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