Modern Art: A Critical Introduction

Modern Art: A Critical Introduction

by Pam Meecham, Julie Sheldon

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Modern Art: A Critical Introduction by Pam Meecham, Julie Sheldon

Modern Art: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to the artists, movements and theories of twentieth century art history. Spanning a century of art from Manet to Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread, the authors follow the development of traditional genres such as the female nude, and trace the emergence of new theories and approaches which fragmented modern art into a bewildering variety of 'isms' from Expressionism to Constructivism. The book:
* explores key themes of the modern era, such as the figure of the nude, the changing nature of self-expression, and the question of the display of art works
* covers the major movements of the twentieth century, including futurism, constructivism, abstract expressionism, dada, surrealism, fauvism, performance art, post-modernism and contemporary art
* relates artistic movements to their social and cultural contexts
* is richly illustrated with over 100 picutres

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415172356
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Pam Meecham is a Senior Lecturer in Art and Design education and Route Leader of the PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University. Julie Sheldon is Programme Leader of the BA and MA Art History at Liverpool John Moores University.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introductionxv
1What is and When was Modernism?1
2Monuments, Modernism and the Public Space32
3Retreats from the Urban61
4The Female Nude as the Site of Modernity84
5From the Machine Aesthetic to Technoculture109
6American Art at Mid-Century136
7Self and Identity Politics in Photography and Performance Art168
8The Museum of Modern Art190
Glossary215
Bibliography225
Index237

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