Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Philip Johnson
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This is the story of Barr and Johnson, as two young men, before they became giants in the history of modernism. Alfred H. Barr Jr., the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Philip Johnson, director of its architecture department, were the visionary young proponents of the modern approach, spreading in the 1920s and 30s. Shortly after meeting while teaching and studying in the Boston area, the two set out on a path that would transform the museum world and change the course of design in America. Using MoMA as their laboratory, Barr and Johnson experimented with new ideas in museum ideology, extending the scope beyond painting and sculpture to include design and film; with exhibitions of ordinary objects elevated to art by their elegant design; with minimalist installations in dramatically lit galleries with smooth, white walls. The slick design of this book clearly takes an aesthetic cue from its subjects.
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