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Modern Art: A Critical Introduction

2nd Edition

By Pam Meecham, Julie Sheldon


384 pages | 29 Color Illus. | 70 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415281942
pub: 2004-11-25
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Modern Art: A Critical Introduction traces the historical and contemporary contexts for understanding modern art movements, and the theories that influenced and attempted to explain them. Its radical approach foregoes the chronological approach to art movements in favour of looking at the ways in which art has been understood. The editors investigate the main developments in art interpretation and draw examples from a wide range of genres including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance art.

This new edition has been restructured to focus on key themes. It has also been fully updated to include many more examples of recent art practice, as well as an expanded glossary and comprehensive marginal notes providing definitions of key terms. Extensively illustrated with a wide range of visual examples, Modern Art: A Critical Introduction is the essential textbook for students of Art History.


'An excellent introduction, well-written and superbly illustrated' - Gaby Esser-Hall, University College Northampton, UK

Table of Contents

1 What, When and Where was Modernism? 2. Retreats from the Urban 3. Monuments, Modernism and the Public Space 4. The Nude in Modernity and Postmodernity 5. From the Machine Aesthetic to Technoculture 6. Modernism and Realism in US Art 7. The Artist and the Museum: Muse or Nemesis? 8. Identity Politics in Photography and Performance Art

Subject Categories

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