Art Since 1960

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“A welcome publication covering a period in art history not yet properly documented.” —Choice
This intelligently argued overview is invaluable for the way in which it reveals and makes coherent sense of the often-bewildering diversity of styles, forms, media, techniques, and agendas that proliferate in contemporary art. Extensively revised and expanded since it was first published, Michael Archer’s acclaimed book is brought fully up to date in this third edition. A completely new section maps the developments in ...
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Overview

“A welcome publication covering a period in art history not yet properly documented.” —Choice
This intelligently argued overview is invaluable for the way in which it reveals and makes coherent sense of the often-bewildering diversity of styles, forms, media, techniques, and agendas that proliferate in contemporary art. Extensively revised and expanded since it was first published, Michael Archer’s acclaimed book is brought fully up to date in this third edition. A completely new section maps the developments in contemporary art since 2000, ensuring that the book remains an indispensable source of information on the evolution of art over the past five-and-a-half decades.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
“Unpacks the complex diversity of the art of the past 50 years, identifying and defining its proliferation of styles, forms, techniques, influences, and motivations. . . . Highly recommended.”
Choice
A welcome publication covering a period in art history not yet properly documented.
Art Monthly
Archer's admirable overview treats the history of art of this period in a manner which does justice...
Booknews
Archer (fine art, Oxford U., UK) deftly threads his way through the perplexing themes and theories of contemporary art in this updated edition of his 1997 survey. New material includes treatment of the impact of international survey exhibitions and the increasingly multicultural face of the art world. The text moves chronologically, with each chapter organized by theme, including ideology, identity, postmodernism, and post-medium art. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500204245
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/12/2014
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 531,238
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Archer is an art critic and Professor of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. His writing on art has appeared in Artforum, Parkett, and Art Monthly.
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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Ch. 1 The Real and Its Objects 10
Ch. 2 The Expanded Field 60
Ch. 3 Ideology, Identity and Difference 109
Ch. 4 Postmodernisms 142
Ch. 5 Assimilations 182
Ch. 6 Globalization and the Post-Medium Condition 212
Timeline 246
Select Bibliography 248
List of Illustrations 249
Index 254
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