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Partners in Design

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Oct 27, 2015 | ISBN 9781580934336

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“Twentieth-century modernism is personalized in Partners in Design, a spin-off from an exhibition concentrating on the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art and the architect Philip Johnson, who designed the AT&T (now Sony) Building and the Kennedy Memorial in Dallas. The essays cover architecture, the furniture commissioned to fill these iconic buildings, the graphic material that advertised them, and the museum shows and books that publicized them. A fascinating subject.”
The Wall Street Journal

“This sleek and accessible catalogue focuses on the historic relationship between Alfred Barr Jr., founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Philip Johnson, the well-to-do Harvard grad he selected in 1929 to lead the museum’s department of architecture and design. Barr and Johnson helped make the nondecorative functionalist aesthetics of Germany’s Bauhaus palatable to mainstream Americans. They developed novel, ambitious, yet popular exhibitions that advanced the art of the everyday object and encouraged the public to seek it out. The book is full of crisp, cool examples of relevant objects, some from the exhibitions or the personal collections of Barr or Johnson. . . . cake pans, lamps, tables, Josef Hartwig’s chess set of abstract geometric shapes, and wickedly handsome chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe. The slick design and layout of the book clearly take a cue from its subjects.”
Publishers Weekly 

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