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From Degas to Calder: Major Sculpture and Works on Paper from the Guggenheim Museum Collection

From Degas to Calder: Major Sculpture and Works on Paper from the Guggenheim Museum Collection

Thomas M. Messer
Published in 1984
28 pages, fully illustrated

This catalogue functions as a celebration of sculpture, a medium that was poorly represented by the Guggenheim's holdings until the institution relaxed their aesthetic guidelines in 1952 to allow for a broader stylistic inclusion. The selection, which is purposely restricted to classic works, reflects the museum's wish to present a stylistically coherent sequence while isolating already established masters of modern art. The introduction is written by Thomas M. Messer and the featured artists include: Alexander Archipenko, Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Edgar Degas, Max Ernst, Naum Gabo, Alberto Giacometti, Julio González, Jacques Lipchitz, Aristide Maillol, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, and Henry Moore. Artists are represented by short information discussing their practice as well as color or black-and-white images.



Gabo considered Column a work “of great importance not only to my own development, but it can be historically proved that it is a cornerstone in the whole development of contemporary architecture.” He emphasized that the Column was the culmination of his “search for an image which would fuse the sculptural element with the architectural element into one unit.” The vertical elements are rectangular constructions within parabolas which are determined by the dimensions of the bases.


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