Since its founding in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art has brought the history of modern and contemporary art to vivid life through its extraordinary collection. Modern Painting and Sculpture provides a fresh look at the Museums collection of Painting and Sculpture as it stands in 2015. The present holdings are the result of almost ninety years of collaborative effort between its curators and trustees, and the more than 200 objects represented in this book affirm the convictions of the Museums founders who believed that modern art rivals in its greatness the art of any previous era. An essay by Ann Temkin, the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, addresses the historical construction of the Museums collection and explores the shifting issues that have guided its acquisitions. The thoughtful selection of the works included in this catalogue highlight the range of artworks and ideas that constitute the evolving foundation of the Museums collection. With 126 years spanning the distance between the works on the first and last pages of this book, Modern Painting and Sculpture offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in the multitude of artistic approaches encompassed under the banner of modern art. The books colourful pages are filled with images that will inspire its readers to return often to The Museum of Modern Art, where they can see and enjoy these works, and many others, first-hand.
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