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Modern Art - 2 Vol.
     

Modern Art - 2 Vol.

by Hans Werner Holzwarth (Editor)
 

Masters that matter in Modern Art: A blow-by-blow account of groundbreaking works in Modernism

The story of Modern Art began roughly 150 years ago in Paris, where a circle of painters, whom we now know as Impressionists, shook up the established art world. They painted their pictures with broad strokes that seemed unfinished in light of the meticulous

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Masters that matter in Modern Art: A blow-by-blow account of groundbreaking works in Modernism

The story of Modern Art began roughly 150 years ago in Paris, where a circle of painters, whom we now know as Impressionists, shook up the established art world. They painted their pictures with broad strokes that seemed unfinished in light of the meticulous official art, they portrayed life on the street instead of overblown heroic scenes and they escaped the power of the reigning salon painters by organising their own independent exhibitions. Once standard academic practice had been overcome, there was no holding back, and in a constant desire to pursue new roads, one style supplanted the next, always bringing different innovations: after Impressionism, there followed Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, Abstract Art, renewed Realism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal and Conceptual Art. And still in Post-Modernism and the contemporary work of a Koons, Kelley or Wool, this modernist drive to make something new is still much alive.

Essays introducing all the major art movements give the reader a thorough grounding in the historical development of Modern Art. At the heart of this book though is the year-by-year succession of groundbreaking works, with 200 featured pieces receiving an own text that introduces the artist and makes the importance of the work apparent. These paintings and sculptures, photographs and conceptual works, both classics and surprising rediscoveries, tell the story of an art epoch that continued to thrive on ever fresh ideas and innovations.

  • 187 artists’ portraits
  • 44 original photos of artists in their studios
  • 14 essays
  • 7 fold-outs
  • 30-page appendix with artists’ biographies, a glossary of key terms and an index of names and works

Editorial Reviews

Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Der Blaue Reiter, Pre-Surrealism, Russian avant-garde, Synchronism, Vorticism.... The list of modern art movements goes on and on. How can we navigate through all these swirls and splashes? Hans Werner Holtzwarth's two-volume Modern Art accomplishes that dizzying feat with 300 well-chosen reproductions of outstanding works, each accompanied by a text that places the art within the context of individual artist and aesthetic currents of the time. This 680-page omnibus is too absorbing to be a historical introduction and too informative to be a throwaway read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783836527309
Publisher:
Taschen America, LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
25 Series
Pages:
680
Sales rank:
1,353,828
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.70(h) x 3.20(d)

Meet the Author

Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor based in Berlin, with numerous publications mainly on contemporary art and photography. For TASCHEN he has edited, among other titles, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen and Neo Rauch.

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