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Harold Loeb, Broom 1, no. 3, 1923

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Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Green Silver), ca. 1949

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The Syllabus offers points of entry into the Guggenheim's rich publication archives, with suggested readings on historical themes, topics, and trends, as well as links for further exploration.

The First Five Books

Hilla Rebay, director of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, was not one to underestimate the power of abstraction—the nonobjective—in art: For thousands of years astronomers, as well as laymen, believed that the earth was the center of the universe,...
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A Guide to Guides

Even from the museum's very first publication in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-Objective Painting could not fit in one volume. Cataloguing the museum's complete holdings in print has never been an easy task, but it is still a...
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John Chamberlain

In capturing the essence of his materials—by stressing the limpid but mysterious glimmer of light-reflecting surfaces, the raucous color of the crushed automobile, or the bellied fullness of foam, John Chamberlain has stopped just short of excess....
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Lawrence Alloway

English art critic, professor, and curator Lawrence Alloway (b. 1926, London; d. 1990, New York) brought a unique curatorial vision to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the early 1960s. In contrast to founding director and curator Hilla Rebay’s ...
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Herbert Matter

Herbert Matter (b. 1907 Engelberg, Switzerland; d. 1984 Southampton, New York) was one of the mid-20th century's iconic designers.  Remembered for travel posters for his native Switzerland and designs for the furniture maker Knoll, among many other...
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The Guggenheim International

The Guggenheim Museum has a long tradition of juried competitions and awards. That lineage continues today with the Hugo Boss Prize, but the first was the Guggenheim International Award. Established in 1956 to survey artistic developments from...
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Cataloguing Kandinsky

Vasily Kandinsky is a central figure in the Guggenheim Museum's founding collection, and his importance is also reflected in the museum's publication history. Kandinsky has been the sole focus of no fewer than 15 books and catalogues. Beginning with...
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