A Curator's Quest by William Rubin

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you can’t fault Rubin’s honesty and doggedness. He never lost sight of the prize.


The distinguished curator, critic, collector, art historian, and teacher William Rubin was a forceful presence for over two decades at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from the late 1960s through the 1980s.

He was extraordinarily successful at acquiring for the collection such monuments of modern art as Pollock's One: Number 31, 1950 and Picasso's 1914 sheet-metal Guitar. The exhibitions he mounted as Chief Curator and later Director of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum--among them the unprecedented Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective--set a standard of curatorial excellence. A Curator's Quest is the story of the professional life of a pioneering curator who built the Modern's unparalleled collection, and a history of MoMA itself during that key period.

For anyone interested in the history and world of modern art, in connoisseurship and collecting, and in art scholarship in general, A Curator's Quest is at once an indispensable addition to the history of modern art and a testament to William Rubin's life and achievements--is truly a publishing event.

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William Rubin taught at Sarah Lawrence before joining MoMA in 1976 as curator. He was Director of Painting and Sculpture from 1973- 1988, an editor for art International, and a collector of contemporary art including the works by Abstract Impressionists and Frank Stella.
Published January 1, 2011 by Viking Penguin. 480 pages
Genres: Other, Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Lance Esplund on Aug 30 2012

you can’t fault Rubin’s honesty and doggedness. He never lost sight of the prize.

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