Featuring more than 40 objects handpicked by President and Eloise M. Martin Director James Cuno, this special issue of Museum Studies continues the Art Institute’s ongoing attempt to bring its collecting activities into public view. The publication takes an extended look at important acquisitions made by the museum’s curatorial departments and research library in 2006 and 2007, surveying a dazzling range of examples by artists both ancient and modern.
Among the works highlighted are a voluptuous sandstone sculpture of a goddess from 12th-century Cambodia; a spectacular figure of a vulture made by the Meissen manufactory for the personal “porcelain menagerie“ of its royal founder; a poplar and leather armchair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for use in his home and studio; and Searching for Mountains No. 2, an elegant painting by the contemporary Chinese artist Wucius Wong. Enlivened by generous, full-color reproductions and an engaging, accessible text, this is an indispensable guide to the newest and finest that the Art Institute has to offer.
Table of Contents:
Introduction and Acknowledgments James Cuno Catalogue African and Amerindian Art American Art Architecture and Design Asian Art Contemporary Art European Decorative Arts Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture Photography Prints and Drawings Textiles Notes
The Art Institute of Chicago, 2008 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 96 pages; 95 color illustrations Softcover ISBN: 978-0-86559-225-4
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