History of Modern Art (Trade Version)

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  • Copyright: 1999-01-01
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Comprehensive and insightful, History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography is the definitive source of information on the art of the modern era. This Fourth Edition is a freshly retold story of the art and artists of the last 150 years from modernism's mid-nineteenth-century European beginnings to today's divergent art trends. In the decade that has passed since the publication of the previous edition, art historians have come to recognize that works of art, whether sublimely beautiful or provocatively repelling, are artistic responses made by individuals to life in the real world. In her thoughtful reworking of H. H. Arnason's classic text, Marla Prather poses critical questions -- Why did Cubist painters and sculptors refract their subject matter in the way they did? Why did Abstract Expressionism take hold in America? Why did Postmodern architects reject the clean lines of the International Style? What does it mean that artworks of the late 1990s defy categorization? -- and provides insightful and thought-provoking answers. Almost 500 of the nearly 1,500 illustrations are new to this edition, a reflection of Prather's thorough rethinking and updating of the content. The final section of the book presents thirty-seven artists representative of today's decentralized art scene who are working in mediums ranging from conventional painting and photography to video and performance art. With its fully revised bibliography, History of Modern Art, Fourth Edition, is an essential volume for anyone with a curiosity about modern art and culture. Book jacket.

Author Biography

The late H. H. Arnason was an art historian, educator, and museum administrator who, for many years, was Vice President for Art Administration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. He began his professional life in academe, teaching at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Hawaii. From 1947 to 1961, Arnason was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota Marla F. Prather is Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A scholar and educator, she has written major sections in a number of catalogues to landmark exhibitions of twentieth-century art and artists, including those for Willem de Kooning and Alexander Calder, and has taught courses on aspects of twentieth-century art. Her B.A. and M.A. degrees are from The University of Kansas; she is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in New York City

Table of Contents

Prefaces and Acknowledgmentsp. 11
The Prehistory of Modern Paintingp. 17
Realism, Impressionism, and Early Photographyp. 29
Post-Impressionismp. 64
The Origins of Modern Architecture and Designp. 90
Art Nouveaup. 99
The Origins of Modern Sculpturep. 120
Fauvismp. 131
Expressionism in Germanyp. 141
The Figurative Tradition in Early Twentieth-Century Sculpturep. 171
Cubismp. 181
Towards Abstractionp. 217
Early Twentieth-Century Architecturep. 236
From Fantasy to Dada and the New Objectivityp. 250
The School of Paris Between the Warsp. 291
Surrealismp. 306
Modern Architecture Between the Warsp. 355
International Abstraction Between the Warsp. 370
American Art Before World War IIp. 401
Abstract Expressionism and the New American Sculpturep. 437
Postwar European Artp. 477
Pop Art and Europe's New Realismp. 508
Sixties Abstractionp. 558
The Second Wave of International Style Architecturep. 602
The Pluralistic Seventiesp. 627
The Retrospective Eightiesp. 699
Postmodernism in Architecturep. 749
Epiloguep. 766
Bibliographyp. 806
Indexp. 829
Creditsp. 854
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