A superior book and fun to read! In this publication Robert Stoor, Senior Curator of MOMA's Department of Painting and Sculpture, gives an extraordinary account of some carefully chosen examples of the museum's art collection. After viewing the exhibit, I purchased this book primarily because of its stunning assortment of color plates and illustrations. The value of Stoor's commentary, however, becomes quickly apparent. The narrative gives a brief but very revealing insight into most all of the works pictured in the book and adroitly articulates the conflicts, reactions, disparities, and shifting paradigms of modern art - often in conflict with twentieth century modernism. The book walks us through our last century, pausing at all the right places and examining all the right artists. The theme is easy to follow; the book is profoundly instructive.