Modernism and Abstraction:Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum by Miranda McClintic. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York and Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2001.
Published in conjunction with one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s touring exhibitions (there are eight on tour through 2002), the book contains an engaging collection of 50 paintings to represent 20th century art in America.
Book cover: Modernism and Abstraction:Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Interpretative commentary by art historian McClintic, juxtaposed with selected images, allows the reader to experience each work as a personalized viewing. Among the artists (each represented by one work): Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Alma Thomas. List Price: US$19.95. Soft cover edition.
The book is available on the web at sites such as: amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com as well as at museum shops and local bookstores.
About the author Miranda McClintic is an independent art historian, curator and critic, specializing in twentieth century art. A former curator of exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., she established her own business Connoisseurship and Exhibition in New York City. McClintic creates exhibitions and programs, writes catalogues and books for museums, cultural organizations, galleries and artists. She also advises architects and private collectors on art acquisitions. As a United States Commissioner to the XXIV Sao Paulo Biennial in 1998, McClintic proposed and produced Judy Pfaff’s environmental installation: Corona de espinhos. She also wrote the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition. McClintic is currently writing a revisionist history of twentieth century art, RECYCLING REALITY: The History of Found Object Art.