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In 1943, a young and still largely unknown Jackson Pollock was commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim to paint a mural for the entrance of her new East 61st Street townhouse.
Until 1951, when it arrived at the University of Iowa Museum of Art — donated at Guggenheim’s direction, and where it remains today — this modern masterpiece had been seen only by the other artists, art professionals and guests who’d entered the townhouse.
Join modern art expert and educator Joseph Field for an exploration of the world of art created for the private homes of patrons and collectors. Over this engaging four-week course, Field will spotlight and share the fascinating stories behind works created for private consumption by art world luminaries including Pollock, Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, Jean Michel Basquiat and others. You’ll look at the nuanced, often complex relationship between artist and patron. And you’ll examine the artistic psyche involved in creating work never intended to be seen by the public.
Sessions will take place on March 18, 25, April 1, and 8 from 12-1:30 pm ET. This course will be recorded for later viewing by patrons.
Programs taking place online:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.
Programs taking place in our NYC facilities:Please read our safety guidelines before visiting our building.
Programs taking place online and in our NYC facilities:Please select which experience you wish to participate in when registering. Online participants will be emailed an access link after purchase. In-person participants should read our safety guidelines before attending the program.
Joseph Field earned his MA in Curating at Richmond University in London. His areas of specialty include Modern, Contemporary and Asian art. He has honed his expertise on these and other movements as an educator in New York City at Brooklyn College and the Guggenheim for the last ten years.
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The Art of the Commission: Master Artists, Private Art