Salon to Biennial

Exhibitions that Made Art History, Volume 1: 1863-1959


The most comprehensive reference book on contemporary art group exhibitions.


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Salon to Biennial documents in two volumes the most important international group art exhibitions from 1863 to today, and is the most comprehensive reference book on the subject. The result of years of research, it assembles for the first time a wealth of rare and never before published documentary material and ephemera, from installation images and reviews, to floor plans and catalog excerpts. Providing a unique and invaluable insight into the evolution of curatorial practice, it looks at the history of contemporary art through the lens of its most significant exhibitions. Salon to Biennial functions as a dynamic source book by juxtaposing primary material with historical analysis by author Bruce Altshuler.

Volume 1 of Salon to Biennial documents twenty-four of the most groundbreaking international exhibitions from 1863 to 1958. Opening with the seminal "Salon des Refusés" (Paris, 1863), an empowering exhibition both for artists and modern art, Volume 1 spans all key art movements of the first half of the 20th century, from Fauvism (“Salon d’Automne,” 1905) to Cubism (“Salon de la Section d’Or,” 1912), Surrealism (“Art of This Century,” 1942; “First Papers of Surrealism,” 1942) and Abstract Expressionism (“Ninth Street Show,” 1951; “New American Painting,” 1958) and more. It also features the famous “Armory Show” of 1913 and Hitler’s infamous “Degenerate Art” exhibition of 1937. Overall, the book provides for the first time ever, through an abundance of documents and images, an extensive and insightful look into the production and reception of exhibitions that made art history.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 410 pp
Illustrations: 500 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714844053

Bruce Altshuler is Director of the Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University. Altshuler is the author of The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century and Isamu Noguchi; editor of Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art and co-editor of Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations. He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary art and holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from Harvard University.

"A must-read... Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed... retells the story of modern art in a wholly original way... Suitably for its subject, this chronicle of exhibitions is stunning in its presentation. It twins the expert knowledge of Bruce Altshuler [...] with the art-book skills of Phaidon’s editors... If part two is even half as good as this first part, anyone interested in art, taste and politics in the twentieth century will want to own and use the pair of them."—RA (Royal Academy of Arts magazine)

"The role of exhibitions in the making of art history is now widely recognised... Students of art, art history and curatorial studies will eagerly welcome this direct route to archival sources, especially for the excellent installation photographs it provides... There are wonderful discoveries to be made in its pages, things that leap off the page with the force of the contemporary... At such moments one can imagine this book in the hands of artists and begin to envisage ways in which they might animate and reactivate the histories it contains."—Art Monthly

"[An] important compendium... Extremely useful. Especially helpful are the installation shots... The illustrations of gallery viewers combine with installation shots to evoke the events and their significance for visitors as vividly as one could hope for. The rich assemblage of reviews is highly revealing, with its juxtaposition of hostile and favourable notices... The juxtaposition of these reviews with detailed information about the exhibitions offers valuable insights into educated and popular views on contemporary art throughout the period... This book will serve as a text-book, as an invaluable resource for scholars and as a rich source of browsing."—The Art Newspaper

"A must-read... Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed... retells the story of modern art in a wholly original way... Suitably for its subject, this chronicle of exhibitions is stunning in its presentation. It twins the expert knowledge of Bruce Altshuler [...] with the art-book skills of Phaidon’s editors... If part two is even half as good as this first part, anyone interested in art, taste and politics in the twentieth century will want to own and use the pair of them."—RA (Royal Academy of Arts magazine)

"The role of exhibitions in the making of art history is now widely recognised... Students of art, art history and curatorial studies will eagerly welcome this direct route to archival sources, especially for the excellent installation photographs it provides... There are wonderful discoveries to be made in its pages, things that leap off the page with the force of the contemporary... At such moments one can imagine this book in the hands of artists and begin to envisage ways in which they might animate and reactivate the histories it contains."—Art Monthly

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