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The Museum as Muse. Artists Reflect. Kynaston McShine. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1999.

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Museum of Modern Art, New York; 1999; 087070091x ; Rilegato con titoli al dorso, sovracoperta ; 28,5 x 24 cm; pp. 296; A cura di Kynaston McShine. Volume riccamente illustrato a col. e b./n. ; Presenta segni d’uso ai bordi della sovracoperta (senza mancanze, imperfezioni), interno senza scritte; Accettabile, (come da foto). ; “Since the public museum came into being, in the late eighteenth century, artists have regarded it with a mixture of reverence, suspicion, complicity, and disdain. Recognizing it as an institution of considerable importance for themselves, artists have celebrated its accomplishments while ruthlessly scrutinizing its dynamics and contradictions. A number of artists have taken the concept of the museum as their subject matter and even incorporated museological elements and practices into the production of their art. The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect surveys the ways in which artists, mostly of the present century, have addressed the museum, commented on its nature, confronted its concepts and functions, drawn from its methods, and examined its relationship to the art it contains. This lively, involving, and intellectually provocative presentation encompasses a tremendous variety of artworks, large and small, intimate and expansive, in mediums both familiar and surprising: paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, videos, and installations. Fully illustrated with the works of an international cross section of more than sixty artists, this volume makes a substantial and lasting contribution to our understanding of the intertwining, continually metamorphosing relationship between artists and museums. Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1999 on the occasion of the major exhibition The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, this book features an illuminating introductory essay by Kynaston McShine, Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art and director of the exhibition, who brings a wealth of insight and experience to the subject of the artist and the museum. In the ensuing plate section, short entries by several authors on the art and artists accompany 233 full-color and black-and-white illustrations representing a wide diversity of works of art that amuse, elucidate, and challenge as they unfold thematically. Among them are photographs of people, art. spaces, and events taken inside museums, by such artists as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Garry Winogrand, and Thomas Struth. Personal museums and cabinets of curiosities, large and in miniature, have been created by Charles Willson Peale, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Claes Oldenburg, Fluxus, and Mark Dion; others have focused on fantastic images of the destruction…. ; L’immagine se disponibile, corrisponde alla copia in vendita.