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A Comprehensive Overview - available in digital and print formats History of Modern Artis a visual comprehensive overview of the modern art field. It traces the trends and influences in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The seventh edition deepens its discussions on social conditions that have affected the production and reception of modern and contemporary art. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Understand the origins of modern art Provide an analysis of artworks based on formal and contextual elements Recognize the influences of social conditions on modern art NOTE:MySearchLab does not come automatically package with this text. To purchase MySearchlab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of teh text + MySearchLab: Valuepack ISBN-10: 0205955517/ ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205955510

Author Biography

Elizabeth C. Mansfield  is Vice President for Scholarly Programs at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  She  has taught art history at New York University and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee . A scholar of modern European art and art historiography, her publications include books and articles on topics ranging from the origins of modernism to Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon to the contemporary performance and body art of Orlan. Her 2007 book Too Beautiful to Picture : Zeus, Myth, and Mimesis was awarded the College Art Association’s Charles Rufus Morey book prize.



The late H.H. Arnason was a distinguished art historian, educator, and museum administrator who for many years was Vice President for Art Administration of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. He began his professional life in academia, teaching at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and the University of Hawaii. From 1947 to 1961, Arnason was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota.

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Chapter 16: Abstract Expressionism and the New American Sculpture

Chapter 17:  Postwar European Art

Chapter 18: Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus

Chapter 19: Taking Chances with Popular Culture

Chapter 20: Playing by the Rules: Sixties Abstraction

Chapter 21: Modernism in Architecture at Mid-Century

Chapter 22: Conceptual and Activist Art

Chapter 23: Post-Minimalism, Earth Art, and New Imagists

Chapter 24: Postmodernism

Chapter 25: Painting through History

Chapter 26: New Perspectives on Art and Audience

Chapter 27: Contemporary Art and Globalization





Chapter 16: Abstract Expressionism and the New American Sculpture

    Mondrian in New York: The Tempo of the Metropolis

    Entering a New Arena: Modes of Abstract Expressionism

    The Picture as Event: Experiments in Gestural Painting

    Complex Simplicities: Color Field Painting

    Drawing in Steel: Constructed Sculpture

    Textures of the Surreal: Biomorphic Sculpture and Assemblage

    Expressive Vision: Developments in American Photography


Chapter 17:  Postwar European Art

    Re-evaluations and Violations: Figurative Art in France

    A Different Art: Abstraction in France

    Postwar Juxtapositions: Figuration and Abstraction in Italy and Spain

    “Forget It and Start Again”: The CoBrA Artists and Hundertwasser

    The Postwar Body: British Sculpture and Painting

    Marvels of Daily Life: European Photographers


Chapter 18: Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus

    “Sensibility in Material Form”: Klein



Chapter 19: Taking Chances with Popular Culture

    “This is Tomorrow”: Pop Art in Britain

    Signs of the Times: Pop Art in the United States

    Getting Closer to Life: Happenings and Environments

    “Just Look at the Surface”: The Imagery of Everyday Life  

    Poetics of the “New Gomorrah”: West Coast Artists

    Personal Documentaries: The Snapshot Aesthetic in American Photography


Chapter 20: Playing by the Rules: Sixties Abstraction

    Drawing the Veil: Post Painterly Abstraction

    At an Oblique Angle: Diebenkorn

    Forming the Unit: Hard-Edge Painting

    Seeing Things: Op Art

    New Media Mobilized: Motion and Light

    The Limits of Modernism: Minimalism

    Complex Unities: Photography and Minimalism


Chapter 21: Modernism in Architecture at Mid-Century

    “The Quiet Unbroken Wave”: The Later Work of Wright and Le Corbusier

    Purity and Proportion: The International Style in America

    Internationalism Contextualized: Developments in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

    Breaking the Mold: Experimental Housing

    Arenas for Innovation: Major Public Projects


Chapter 22: Conceptual and Activist Art

    Art as Language

    Conceptual Art as Cultural Critique

    The Medium Is the Message: Early Video Art

    When Art Becomes Artist: Body Art

    Radical Alternatives: Feminist Art

    Erasing the Boundaries between Art and Life: Later Feminist Art

    Invisible to Visible: Art and Racial Politics


Chapter 23: Post-Minimalism, Earth Art, and New Imagists

    Metaphors for Life: Process Art

    Big Outdoors: Earthworks and Land Art

    Public Statements: Monuments and Large-Scale Sculpture

    Body of Evidence: Figurative Art

    Animated Surfaces: Pattern and Decoration

    Figure and Ambiguity: New Image Art


Chapter 24: Postmodernism

    Postmodernism in Architecture

    “Complexity and Contradiction”: The Reaction Against Modernism Sets In

    In Praise of “Messy Vitality”: Postmodernist Eclecticism

    Ironic Grandeur: Postmodern Architecture and History

    What Is a Building?: Constructivist and Deconstructivist Architecture

    Structure as Metaphor: Architectural Allegories

    Flexible Spaces: Architecture and Urbanism

    Postmodern Practices: Breaking Art History


Chapter 25: Painting through History

    Primal Passions: Neo-Expressionism

    Searing Statements: Painting as Social Conscience

    In the Empire of Signs: Neo-Geo

    The Sum of Many Parts: Abstraction in the 1980s

    Taking Art to the Streets: Graffiti and Cartoon Artists

    Painting Art History


Chapter 26: New Perspectives on Art and Audience

    Commodity Art

    Postmodern Arenas: Installation Art

    Strangely Familiar: British and American Sculpture

    Reprise and Reinterpretation: Art History as Art

    New Perspectives on Childhood and Identity

    The Art of Biography

    Meeting Points: New Approaches to Abstraction


Chapter 27: Contemporary Art and Globalization

    Lines That Define Us: Locating and Crossing Borders

    Skin Deep: Identity and the Body

    Occupying the Art World

    Globalization and Arts Institutions

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