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Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960
Contributions by Tracey Bashkoff, Megan M. Fontanella, and Joan Marter
Published in 2012
200 pages with 137 color illustrations
Hardcover, 9 x 10 inches
Pioneering artists in the post-World War II era alternatively embraced artistic freedom and gesture-based styles, nontraditional materials and counter-cultural references. French art critic Michel Tapié even declared the existence of un art autre (art of another kind)—a radical break with all traditional notions of order and composition, in a movement toward something wholly “other.” This catalogue accompanies the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960, which especially highlights works that entered into the collection during the tenure of then-director James Johnson Sweeney. Featuring nearly 100 works by Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tàpies, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others, this collection-based exhibition explores the affinities and differences between artists working continents apart in a period of great transition and rapid creative development. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue includes essays by Tracey Bashkoff, Megan M. Fontanella, and Joan Marter; an illustrated chronology; and short biographies of the artists.