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Robert Goldwater (1907—1973) was an art historian, African arts scholar and the first director of the Museum of Primitive Art, New York, from 1957 to 1973. He was married to the late French-born American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois.

Goldwater received his BA in 1929 from Columbia University, and his MA from Harvard in 1931. Goldwater was one of the early art history students to study modern art at a time when the subject was not considered worthy of serious graduate research. Goldwater was one of the participants of the informal gatherings of art scholars organized by Meyer Schapiro (c.1935) that included Lewis Mumford, Alfred Barr and Erwin Panofsky. He wrote his doctoral dissertation in 1937 at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts under Richard Offner, on "primitivism" and Modern art. This would become the subject of his life's major works. The following year, a revised version of his dissertation appeared as the book Primitivism in Modern Painting, a pioneering work that examines the relationship between tribal arts and 20th-century painting. In 1937, he married the French artist Louise Bourgeois who was to go on to become a world-renowned Surrealist sculptor. In 1939 he accepted an appointment at Queens College, and taught art history there until 1956. In 1949, he co-curated a show at the Museum of Modern Art with Director Rene d'Harnoncourt entitled Modern Art in Your Life. In 1957 he returned to New York University as full professor of art history, and the same year became the first director of the Museum of Primitive Art, founded by Nelson A. Rockefeller and derived in part from Rockefeller's personal collection. Goldwater organized the first exhibition of African art by a New York museum, which opened in 1957 in a town house on West 54th Street.

In 1969, Nelson Rockefeller offered the entire Museum of Primitive Art collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which established a curatorial department for the care, study and exhibition of the works. A new wing was proposed, to be named in honor of Rockefeller's son Michael who disappeared in 1961 during an expedition in New Guinea with Dutch anthropologist René Wassing. Goldwater served as Consultative Chairman of the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Primitive Art from 1971 until his death. The wing, which contains both the Metropolitan Museum's existing holdings with those of the Primitive Museum's former holdings, opened to the public in January 1982. The departmental library was renamed the Robert Goldwater Library in Goldwater's memory.

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Total Books: 13
Gauguin
2004 - Gauguin [Masters of Art] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780810991477
ISBN-10: 0810991470
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Primitivism in Modern Art
2002 - Primitivism in Modern Art [Paperbacks in Art History] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780674704909
ISBN-10: 0674704908
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Le primitivisme dans l'art moderne
1988 - Le Primitivisme Dans L'art Moderne [Ancien prix éditeur : 28.00 € - Economisez 50 %] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782130416616
ISBN-10: 2130416616
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Masters of Art Gauguin
1983 - Masters of Art Gauguin [Masters of Art Hardcover] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780810909830
ISBN-10: 0810909839
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Paintings of Arshile Gorky A Critical Catalogue
1982 - The Paintings of Arshile Gorky a Critical Catalogue (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780814741603
ISBN-10: 0814741606
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Symbolism
1979 - Symbolism (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780064300957
ISBN-10: 0064300951
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Symbolism
1979 - Symbolism (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713910476
ISBN-10: 071391047X
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Artists on Art
1974 - Artists on Art (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780394709000
ISBN-10: 0394709004
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Primitivism in Modern Art
Primitivism in Modern Art (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780394703633
ISBN-10: 0394703634
Genre: Arts & Photography
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GAUGUIN
Gauguin [MASTERS OF ART] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500080245
ISBN-10: 0500080240
Genre: Arts & Photography
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What is Modern Sculpture
What Is Modern Sculpture (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780870706363
ISBN-10: 0870706365
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