Learning to Look at Modern Art: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Learning to Look at Modern Art

1st Edition

By Mary Acton


360 pages | 27 Color Illus. | 112 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415238120
pub: 2004-05-27
Hardback: 9780415238113
pub: 2004-06-03

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This companion volume to the author's Learning to Look at Paintings suggests that the best way to understand modern art is to look closely at it, and to consider the different elements that make up each art work: composition, space and form, light and colour, and subject matter.

Engaging and beautifully-written, this guide to art of the modern and postmodern period covers key art movements including:

  • Expressionism
  • Constructivism
  • the Bauhaus
  • Surrealism
  • Pop Art
  • Conceptual Art
  • Young British Art
  • artistic forms such as architecture and design, sculpture and installation as well as works on canvas.

The book is richly illustrated with colour and black and white images by the artists, designers and architects discussed, ranging from Picasso and Matisse to Le Corbusier, Andy Warhol and Rachel Whiteread.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction Chapter 1: Picasso and Modernism Chapter 2: The Dynamic View Chapter 3: Duchamp and Conceptual Art Chapter 4: Expressionism and Self-Expression Chapter 5: New Concepts of Composition Chapter 6: Space and Form Chapter 7: Light and Colour Chapter 8: Traditional Subjects Chapter 9: Epilogue: Film, Photography and Fine Art

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies