The Museum As Muse: Artists Reflect Kynaston McShine

ISBN: 9780870700927

Published: January 1st 1999

Paperback

296 pages


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The Museum As Muse: Artists Reflect  by  Kynaston McShine

The Museum As Muse: Artists Reflect by Kynaston McShine
January 1st 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 296 pages | ISBN: 9780870700927 | 9.40 Mb

The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect is the stunning catalog that accompanies an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art during the spring of 1999. The show takes an insightful look at the way different artists deal with the ideas, concepts, andMoreThe Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect is the stunning catalog that accompanies an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art during the spring of 1999.

The show takes an insightful look at the way different artists deal with the ideas, concepts, and criticisms of the public museum. The collected artists span both generations and degrees of fame, from French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson to pop artist Claes Oldenburg to contemporary artists Gillian Wearing and Mark Dion. The show, and by extension the book, illustrates the impact that the invention of the museum (just 200 years ago) has had on art making.

It is fascinating to peer through the eyes of individual artists whose personal and intimate visions are both outside of the museum and inextricably linked to it by their choice of career. The artwork in the exhibition is wide-reaching and the reproductions for the book are beautiful. Hiroshi Sugimotos black-and-white photo series of natural-history museum dioramas- a taxidermied polar bear and a seal on a bed of fake ice- and a re-creation of underwater sea life are all exquisite in their quiet and choreographed other-worldliness. This book should not be missed- it offers a great chance to look at art by artists who use their work to address the complexities of their own relationships with the massive institutions that are our museums.

--Jennifer Cohen 296 pages, 114 full-color images, 132 black-and-white images



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