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Modern Masters from the Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Thomas M. Messer
Published in 1961
28 pages, fully illustrated
An illustrated checklist accompanying the 1961 exhibition, Modern Masters: From the Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum provides an early glimpse into the museum's permanent collection of modern art and highlights artists that the Guggenheim had collected in depth. Divided into three categories—painting, sculpture, and watercolor/drawings—the checklist is complemented by a black-and-white plate section featuring highlights from the show.
In the Modern Masters choice, the emphasis shifts to the classics of the modern movement, acquired largely during the lifetime of the Founder and during the administration of the Museum's first Director, the Baroness Hilla Rebay . . . . The purpose of this exhibition . . . is to stress areas of concentration and to show a few artists in depth. Brancusi, Picasso, Léger, Delaunay, Mondrian, Chagall, Modigliani, Marc, Feininger and Seurat are therefore represented by not fewer than five works each, while in the instances of Klee and Gleizes, as many as thirteen works are used to illustrate the strong representation of each of these masters in the Museum's Collection.