MoMA releases over 100 rare art and photography books from its archives


Like many other museums around the world, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City has closed until further notice in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States.

During the lockdown, the cultural institution has now published dozens of rare books from the archives of MoMA Publications. This special selection includes publications on art, photography, architecture and more, all of which are “in excellent condition” and available in extremely limited quantities on the MoMA Design Store website.

Among them is a rare edition of ‘Guide to William Eggleston’, which is widely regarded as one of the most important photography books of the 20th century. The 112-page title was the first-ever color photography publication released by MoMA, sparking heated debate over the then-controversial use of color in photography when it was released in 1976.

While “William Eggleston’s Guide” retails for US $ 2,500, MoMA’s selection of rare publications includes more affordable titles that will appeal to bibliophiles on a budget.

“How to Show Adults the Museum” (first published in 1985) will introduce children to must-have masterpieces such as “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh, while “How to Make Pottery and ceramic sculpture “(1960) will help novice potters to improve their skills. their trade – with titles available for US $ 25 and US $ 40 respectively.

Elsewhere, former MoMa curator John Elderfield discusses the work of Edvard Munch in “The Masterpieces of Edvard Munch”, making it the perfect table book before Munchmuseet reopens. ‘Oslo in the fall of 2020.

In addition to publishing rare publications from its archives, MoMA currently offers online courses to give art lovers a chance to learn more about contemporary art, fashion and photography from their homes. The courses take a close look at MoMA’s collections and exhibits, giving the public the opportunity to “join a community of learners like no other”.

Among them, “What is contemporary art? », Where art lovers have the opportunity to analyze 70 works produced between 1980 and today; as well as “In the Studio: Post-War Abstract Painting” which takes a look at the life and works of seven New York School artists.

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