Published in 1941, this rare book from MoMA Publications is in very good condition and available in extremely limited quantities. Each book from this special selection has been stored for decades. MoMA’s publications program has been an integral part of the Museum’s mission since its founding in 1929. These award-winning MoMA exhibition- and collection-related titles are renowned for their high production values. Please note that the cover photo is for reference only and does not reflect the actual condition of the book being sold.
Interesting and hard-to-find wartime publication. Minor rips in jacket. This catalogue for “Britain at War,” staged at MoMA in 1941, documents how a nation's artists can be used in national defense. The show was arranged with the cooperation of Sir Kenneth Clark, Director of the National Gallery in London, who was in charge of selecting and assembling the paintings from England. The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa assisted by lending to the exhibition a number of paintings of the first world war. The exhibition was directed and installed by Monroe Wheeler, who was then the Director of Exhibitions and Publications of the Museum. In addition to paintings, watercolors and drawings, the exhibition included sections devoted to camouflage, photographs, cartoons, posters and wartime industrial and architectural forms. The diagrams and models in the camouflage section have been executed by the faculty and students of the Art School of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.