Prestel Dictionary of Art and Artists

Prestel Dictionary of Art and Artists

by Frank Whitford

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This very handsome publication includes 501 illustrations (over 400 in color) and 1300 concise yet informative and detailed entries in an attractive and artful layout. The entries are signed by the over 62 authors, and the editorial committee is made up of three world-renowned art historians: the Munich-based Wieland Schmied, a prolific author who lectures internationally; Frank Whitford, who has taught at the Slade School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London; and Frank Z llner (Univ. of Leipzig). The entries, which are mainly Western in scope, cover 20th-century art movements and forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, and video art. Historical background and critical analysis are incorporated, and cross references are indicated by an arrow . This scholarly text is clearly intended for those already versed in the arts. For example, the entry for "performance art" reads "Oppositional movement, emerging in the 1960's, to stem the tide towards Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism, both of which were felt to have become sclerotic in approach." Original language is maintained when appropriate, as in the entry for "Robert Wilson": " His productions are characterized by lavish lighting and scenery, turning them into tableaux vivants, which address issues of visual perception." This source is not a substitute for Oxford's A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art (LJ 8/98) but is instead complementary. The Oxford title, for instance, has no illustrations, and the two sources include different entries. For example, the Oxford title has entries for "The Canadian Art Club" and "Canadian Group of Painters," while the Prestel title mentions merely the "Group of Seven." However, the Prestel title includes terms such as "Grattage" and entries for "Dale Chihuly" and "William Wegman," which the Oxford title does not. Highly recommended for academic and special reference collections.--Jennifer L.S. Moldwin, Detroit Inst. of Arts Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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