New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Rizzoli, 1986. Quarto, 30.7 x 24.2 cm, soft cover exhibition catalogue, 512 pp., many illustrations in colour and b/w. Contents: Director’s Foreword, Contributors, Lenders to the Exhibition, Acknowledgments, Explanatory Notes, Preface, 11 Essays by Contributors (pages 22-399), Dictionary of Architects, Artisans, Artists, and Manufacturers, Selected Bibliography, Index, Photograph Credits.
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In Pursuit of Beauty has been described as one of the most beautiful and sought after exhibition catalogues produced by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. About 80 public art and cultural organisations and private individuals lent works to the exhibition, presented from October 1986 to January 1987. It was the first comprehensive study of a movement which dominated the American arts of the 1870s and 1880s, helping to set the course of such later developments in the U.S. as the Arts and Crafts Movement, the indigenous interpretation of Art Nouveau, and even the rise of modernism. The founding of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, its sponsorship of a school of industrial design, and its display of decorative works, are inextricably tied to the Aesthetic Movement and its educational goals.
The contributors to this volume include several Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at other U.S. Museums of Art, academics from Yale, Virginia and other Universities and the Smithsonian Institution, and authors of art and cultural books.