Art Summit

Art in Life. Life in Art.

ART SUMMIT is a cooperative enterprise that opens eyes and hearts. We specialize in connecting art collectors with artists whose work can transform the way we see the world. These pages are where artists and collectors share their love and appreciation for visual art—its clarifying beauty and emotional power.

We are dedicated to those artists who are brave enough to forge their own way and who, in turn, suggest new paths for those who will follow.

Self taught or academically instructed, all of the artists featured here push the boundaries of human expression and help us to see our internal and external landscapes more truthfully.


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Guggenheim Collection: Brancusi


In gallery space devoted to the permanent collection, the Guggenheim is showcasing its rich holdings of the work of Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957). In the early decades of the twentieth century, Brancusi produced an innovative body of work that altered the trajectory of modern sculpture. During this period, Brancusi lived and worked in Paris, then a thriving artistic center where many modernist tenets were being developed and debated. He became an integral part of these conversations both through his relationships with other artists, such as Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani, and Henri Rousseau, and through his own pioneering work. His aspiration to express the essence of his subjects through simplified forms and his engagement with non–Western European artistic traditions led to new stylistic approaches. In addition, his mode of presentation, which equally emphasized sculpture and base and in which works were shown in direct relation to one another, instead of as independent entities, introduced new ways of thinking about the nature of the art object.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum began collecting Brancusi’s work in-depth in the mid-1950s under the leadership of its second director, James Johnson Sweeney. When Sweeney began his tenure at the museum, the collection was focused on nonobjective painting. Sweeney significantly expanded the scope of the institution’s holdings, bringing in other styles and mediums, particularly sculpture. The Guggenheim’s commitment to Brancusi during these years extended beyond its collecting priorities, and in 1955 the museum held the first major exhibition of the artist’s work.



Lauren Van Natten
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Press Office
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