A presentation of the writings of contemporary artists. It includes essays, interviews, and critical and theoretical comments that provide insights into the construction of visual knowledge. It also includes texts that address visual literacy, cultural studies, and the theoretical debates regarding modernism and postmodernism.
Covering movements as diverse as Fauvism, Cubism, Neo-plasticism, Dadaism and Surrealism, this book paints a vivid picture of the birth and early years of what we loosely call modern art. Featuring work by Picasso, Munch, Kandinsky and many more, this artistic overview covers a tumultuous period.
Examining one of the most productive periods of artistic invention, this book highlights the Impressionists, the Symbolists and artists such as Courbet, Rodin and Gauguin. The author also looks outside France to those who were influenced by French art, such as Van Gogh and the Pre-Raphaelites.
This fully revised and updated dictionary of modern and contemporary art contains over 2,000 entries on a vast range of subjects, including movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, schools, and galleries. Fascinating, comprehensive, and authoritative, it is an essential A-Z guide for art students and teachers, artists, and art lovers.
This companion text to the author's Learning to Look at Paintings addresses some of the questions commonly asked about modern art, covering key movements of the modern and postmodern periods in an illustrated volume.
Modernism is used generally to convey a faith in progress and a healthy scepticism for received ideas and traditional values. Harrison looks at modernism in order to consider what the defining characteristics of this art form are.
The 3rd revised and enlarged edition of this introduction to modern art in the WORLD OF ART series, which now includes a new essay, POSTMODERNISM AND THE ART OF IDENTITY which brings the story of modern art right up to the present.
A comprehensive and authoritative study of medieval visual arts in Europe, forming the ideal guide for students to all facets of art and architecture in the Middle Ages. Topics covered include tapestries, armour, stained glass, enamel and ivory work, and illuminated manuscripts.
Beginning with the Neolithic period, pre-3000 BCE, and ending at the close of the Bronze Age and the transition to the Iron Age of Hellenic Greece (c1000 BCE), this text is an introduction to the visual arts and architecture of the era. The historical and social context of the art is discussed.
Introducing and exploring a range of contemporary issues and debates about art and its place in the wider culture, this the first of four volumes in the Open University series 'Art of the Twentieth Century'.
This text shows how certain artists tried to cope in the years following the 1848 French revolution. Concentrating on four particular artists who had little in common, the book shows how they were affected by the events of the time, and discovers links between their work and the Second Republic.
Which contemporary artworks best capture the zeitgeist of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? This book, written by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in cultural criticism, predicts which artists and artworks from the past two decades will come to define our age through their power to question, provoke and inspire.
Provides an introduction to the history of art, and the history of humankind. This book takes us on a journey that reveals how art has been used as a means of mass persuasion, essential to the creation of hierarchical societies, and finally, the extent to which art has served as a mode of 'terror management' in the face of our inevitable death.
This look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world.
The first millennium saw a rich and distinctive artistic tradition form in Europe. In this book, Lawrence Nees explores issues of artistic patronage, craftsmanship, holy men and women, monasteries, secular courts and the expressive and educational roles of artistic creation.
Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides a starting point for the art history student to the range of theoretical perspectives used in looking at and analysing art. It covers a broad range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies and divergent perspectives.
Charts the ideas and practices of contemporary art across a wide international spectrum. From Minimalism and Conceptualism to video and film, from painting and sculpture to performance and installation, he shows how advanced art has continued to provoke and perplex a fascinated public.
This book breaks new ground in tracing how modern, traditional and indigenous art became contemporary in each of cultural region of the world. The author argues that it is diversity, or the contemporaneity of difference, not a convergence towards sameness, which makes today's art contemporary.
Studies in the History of the Renaissance is a highly influential defence of aestheticism. Pater redefined the practice of criticism through his readings of some of the paintings, sculptures, and poems of the Renaissance, and shocked contemporaries for sponsoring a hedonistic ethic with his infamous 'Conclusion'.
The history of northern Renaissance art, from the late 14th to the early 16th century, drawing on a rich range of sources to show how northern European art dominated the visual culture of Europe in this formative period
Fusing history, art history, archaeology and literary studies, and fully illustrated throughout, this is a ground-breaking guide to a fascinating and complex period in which northern Europe journeyed from late Antiquity into the Middle Ages.
A collection of the best of Gordon Burn's writing on art. Focusing on two principle generations - the Royal College pop art of Hockney and his contemporaries, and the YBA sensations of the 1990s, it explores how these artists rose to prominence with their friends and contemporaries, and what happened next.
Fully illustrated in colour throughout, this book contains essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.
This is a new three volume series of fully illustrated books that chronologically showcase the Museum's collection of nearly 7000 works on paper. The series covers masterworks created from 1880 to 1945.
What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? This title deals with these questions. It is suitable for sceptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year - and are confused.
This is the second of three volumes in a groundbreaking series that chronologically showcases MoMA's unparalleled collection of drawings, and accompanies a major exhibition at the gallery from 29 March to 29 August 2005.
An exhibition in book form, this showcase drawing features one hundred works by almost fifty artists including Susan Hauptman, Paul Noble, Jeff Gabel, Tracey Emin, Jane Harris, Julia Fish, Cornelia Parker and Jerwood Drawing Prize winner Sarah Woodfine.
An expanded edition of this popular reference, which includes an updated timeline and bibliography. Archer's critical overview discusses the often bewildering diversity of styles, forms, media, techniques and agendas that proliferate in contemporary art, and examines the factor of globalization.
This work discusses the art of Gustave Courbet in the years directly after the 1848 revolution, showing how complex Courbet's intuition of the social and political issues of the time really was, and how appropriate were the pictures he painted for the Salon of 1851.