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From Renoir and Picasso to Red Grooms and Guerrilla Girls, this is the most useful reference work on twentieth-century art available in a single volume. Compiled by Ian Chilvers, the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Art, it is both authoritative and accessible, with generous use of anecdotes and clear explanations of many potentially confusing terms.
Providing broad coverage of painting, sculpture, drawing, and the applied arts, the Dictionary has clear, scholarly entries on...
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Trade Paperback Used From Renoir and Picasso to Red Grooms and Guerrilla Girls, this is the most useful reference work on twentieth-century art available in a single volume. ... Compiled by Ian Chilvers, the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Art, it is both authoritative and accessible, with generous use of anecdotes and clear explanations of many potentially confusing terms. Providing broad coverage of painting, sculpture, drawing, and the applied arts, the Dictionary has clear, scholarly entries on the important movements and styles of the twentieth century, including Dada, Cubism, Surrealism, Art Deco, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Body and Performance art, and Neo Expressionism. In addition, it provides entries on art schools and galleries, exhibitions and prizes, terms and techniques. Extensive biographies feature not only artists but also collectors, critics, dealers, and patrons. And though the Dictionary concentrates on the great names, it is not confined to the mainstream of modern art, and fea Read more Show Less

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From Renoir and Picasso to Red Grooms and Guerrilla Girls, this is the most useful reference work on twentieth-century art available in a single volume. Compiled by Ian Chilvers, the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Art, it is both authoritative and accessible, with generous use of anecdotes and clear explanations of many potentially confusing terms.
Providing broad coverage of painting, sculpture, drawing, and the applied arts, the Dictionary has clear, scholarly entries on the important movements and styles of the twentieth century, including Dada, Cubism, Surrealism, Art Deco, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Body and Performance art, and Neo Expressionism. In addition, it provides entries on art schools and galleries, exhibitions and prizes, terms and techniques. Extensive biographies feature not only artists but also collectors, critics, dealers, and patrons. And though the Dictionary concentrates on the great names, it is not confined to the mainstream of modern art, and features both artists working in a more popular tradition as well as interesting peripheral figures.
This up to date and informative guide is an essential reference for anyone interested in modern art.
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This essential, one-volume reference for modern art could be considered the revised and updated version of Harold Osborne's Twentieth-Century Art (Oxford, 1981). Chilvers's (editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Art, LJ 9/15/97) clear and easy-to-read text is scholarly yet not lofty. The engaging text, unfortunately without illustration, deals essentially with painting, sculpture, and graphics but also includes conceptual, video and performance art. Major movements and styles such as Cubism, Dada, and Fluxus are concisely explained. Applied arts including photography, architecture, and design are outside the scope of the book but are sometimes mentioned (see instead Colin Naylor's Contemporary Masterworks, St. James, 1991). The majority of the entries are biographical, encompassing artists, collectors, dealers, museum administrators, patrons, and writers, but the book is by no means merely a "who's who" of modern art. It is exceptional to find a citation dealing with a non-Western subject--Zhang Daqian, Chu Ming, and Park Soo Keun, for example, are painfully omitted, but the Gutai Group and Nam June Paik are included. Full of helpful cross references, this resource includes interesting tidbits such as a quote from a Guerrilla Girls poster, critical comments on Gilbert & George, and a description of the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Highly recommended for all libraries as it would be a valuable staple in any modern reference section.--Jennifer L.S. Moldwin, The Detroit Inst. of Arts Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192800923
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Chilvers is a freelance writer and editor. He also edited The Oxford Dictionary of Art. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Entries include: Action Painting, Carl Andre, Angry Penguins, Francis Bacon, Constantin Brancusi, Concrete art, Cubism, Degas, Duchamp, Jacob Epstein, Lucian Freud, Augusto Giacometti, Red Grooms, Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Man Ray, Minimal art, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Neo-Expressionism, Pompidou Centre, Renoir, Bridget Riley, Norman Rockwell, Rodin, Brian Sewell, Surrealism, Turner Prize, Andy Warhol

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