Modern Art

Modern Art

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2005
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As public interest in modern art continues to grow, as witnessed by the spectacular success of Tate Modern and the Bilbao Guggenheim, there is a real need for a book that will engage general readers, offering them not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining itscontemporary relevance and history. This book achieves all this and focuses on interrogating the idea of 'modern' art by asking such questions as: What has made a work of art qualify as modern (or fail to)? How has this selection been made? What is the relationship between modern and contemporaryart? Is 'postmodernist' art no longer modern, or just no longer modernist - in either case, why, and what does this claim mean, both for art and the idea of 'the modern'? Cottington examines many key aspects of this subject, including the issue of controversy in modern art, from Manet's Dejeuner sur L'Herbe (1863) to Picasso's Les Demoiselles, and Tracey Emin's Bed, (1999); and the role of the dealer from the main Cubist art dealer Kahnweiler to CharlesSaatchi.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780192803641
Branch Call Number: N6490 .C68 2005
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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Jun 28, 2017

Fluently written, but there was a whole chapter devoted to women artists (why would the genitals of an artist imbue an artwork with aesthetic properties?), for no reason it seems than mere academic fashion. The few images that there are in the book are very small and reproduced in black and white. Other books like "50 Modern artists you should know" or "50 works of modern art you should know" are better than this one for the same purpose.


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