History of Modern Art Volume II / Edition 7

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A Comprehensive Overview — available in digital and print formats

History of Modern Art is 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205259496
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 466
  • Sales rank: 143,929
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


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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