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Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 | MoMA Store



In 1912, in several European cities, a handful of artists—Vasily Kandinsky, František Kupka, Francis Picabia, and Robert Delaunay—presented the first abstract pictures to the public. The Inventing Abstraction catalogue, published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, celebrates the centennial of this bold new type of artwork. It traces the development of abstraction as it moved through a network of modern artists, sweeping across nations and across media. This richly illustrated publication covers a wide range of artistic production—including paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, film, photography, sound poetry, atonal music, and non-narrative dance—to draw a cross-media portrait of these watershed years. An introductory essay by Leah Dickerman, Curator in the Museum’s Department of Painting and Sculpture, is followed by focused studies of key groups of works, events, and critical issues in abstraction’s early history by renowned scholars from a variety of fields.
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