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Art today may seem perplexing at first with its divergent styles, forms, practices, media, and agendas. Michael Archer's intelligently argued survey is unique in revealing and making coherent sense of art practice from the past forty years?Pop, Minimal, Conceptual, Land, Performance, Body, and Installation?and myriad developments in the work of Warhol, Beuys, Bourgeois, and the many other artists whose works are discussed and illustrated here.
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Overview

Art today may seem perplexing at first with its divergent styles, forms, practices, media, and agendas. Michael Archer's intelligently argued survey is unique in revealing and making coherent sense of art practice from the past forty years—Pop, Minimal, Conceptual, Land, Performance, Body, and Installation—and myriad developments in the work of Warhol, Beuys, Bourgeois, and the many other artists whose works are discussed and illustrated here.
The underlying themes that run through contemporary art, irrespective of styles and techniques, reveal the complex relationship between art and everyday life worldwide. This revised and expanded edition is brought up to date with discussions on the more comprehensive globalization of art since the mid-1990s, which can be seen in the growth of the exhibition calendar and the number of new contemporary art museums opening around the world. With over thirty additional illustrations and an updated timeline and bibliography, this book will prove indispensable to anyone interested in the evolution of modern art.
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Art Monthly
Archer's admirable overview treats the history of art of this period in a manner which does justice...
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A welcome publication covering a period in art history not yet properly documented.
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780500203514
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (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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