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The Apostasy of MoMA

by James F. Cooper

Apostasy is a falling away from true faith. The Museum of Modern Art staked its faith in the greatness of modern art. In 1933, Alfred Barr, MoMA’s first director, initiated a series of exhibitions, showcasing Picasso and Matisse, followed by the groundbreaking show “Painting in Paris,” featuring Vincent van Gogh (1935). In 1936, “Cubism... More »

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