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Art Today - Edward Lucie-Smith

Paperback Published: 16th September 1999
ISBN: 9780714838885
Number Of Pages: 512
For Ages: 13+ years old

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This book is the definitive overview of the richest, most controversial and perhaps most thoroughly confusing epoch in the whole history of the visual arts: the period from 1960 to the present. Although the modern movement - unchallenged for the last six decades - has lost its dominance, it has been replaced by no single new orthodoxy. Artists, critics and the public alike are now confronted by a situation of unprecedented variety and complexity.

Edward Lucie-Smith is a close and well-informed watcher of the contemporary scene, combining a critical eye with a historian's insight into wider trends. Art Today reflects the dramatic changes that have swept across the art world since 1960 to challenge all the old assumptions and certainties. As he reviews the worldwide explosion of exciting new work, he illustrates with erudition and clarity that the art world is no longer hierarchical but plural, and that its structures, if they exist at all, are merely transient.

Art Today provides a map of an unstable world. With unfailing passion and acute aesthetic sensitivity, the author charts the progress of contemporary developments to elucidate their sources and interrelationships, many of them breathtakingly unexpected. This volume embodies a magnum opus in itself, as it brings to life the work of over 500 outstanding contemporary artists, all analysed in detail and illustrated in stunning colour.

Since its first publication in 1995, Art Today has become internationally recognized as an indispensable introduction to contemporary art. A principal reason for its success has been the author's ability to write without polemics, and to avoid impenetrable abstract theory and jargon. For students and anybody else confronting contemporary art for the first time, this is the ideal introduction. Well-organized, informative, authoritative and thought-provoking, it is the sole book available that provides both a clear and a comprehensive guide to the subject. It is now published in paperback format at an outstandingly competitive price.

Industry Reviews

"A triumph."-Independent on Sunday "Exhaustive and up-to-the-minute survey."-Times Literary Supplement "Takes on the intimidating task of tracing developments in painting and sculpture since 1960. Remarkably, it succeeds."-The Sunday Times "The most comprehensive survey attempted so far... Written with authority, perception, and challenging judgement... An invaluable vessel of reliable reference in a sea of confusion."-Scotland on Sunday A coffee-table corker of a book... This spectacular guide examines the history of the visual arts from 1960 to the present... Manages to do so without ever descending into a stodgy textbook style. For aficionados and novices alike, this is the essential guide to art today."-The Times "What a treasure. This history of art since 1960 is so huge that it's hard to believe that anything could be left out. Lucie-Smith, the seasoned author, classifies the artworks by school (neo-Dada, perestroika, New York) but no amount of scholarship can constrain the fantastic, fertile variety of works on show here. Stunning colour reproductions appear on each page, making this collection very good value for money."-Guardian "Lucid and informative text... Plentiful colour pics."-Galleries "Phaidon's designers should congratulate themselves for having produced a book whose selection and placement of images is really suberb... Allows... us to have access to a real cross-section of work, to have an opportunity to consider it, however briefly, and not to remain cramped within the confines of a particular decade... As a paperback, Art Today somehow seems to have come of age: it's the right kind of format, however heavy it feels. As a document of its period it will probably continue to supersede for a long time all other books that dwell so lovingly upon more ephemeral aspects of total modernity."-Art Monthly

Introductionp. 6
Pop Et Afterp. 14
The Survival of Abstractionp. 46
Minimal Et Conceptualp. 74
Land Art, Light and Space, Body Artp. 110
Neo-Dada, Arte Povera Et Installationp. 134
Neo-Expressionismp. 170
Realism in Americap. 202
Post-Modernism and Neo-Classicismp. 228
British Figurative Paintingp. 252
New British Sculpturep. 278
New Art in New Yorkp. 300
Out of New Yorkp. 330
Latin Americap. 358
Perestroika Artp. 386
The Far Eastp. 398
African Et Afro-Caribbean Artp. 422
Racial Minoritiesp. 434
Feminist Et Gayp. 458
Notesp. 480
Artists' Biographiesp. 481
Bibliographyp. 498
Chronologyp. 504
Indexp. 506
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ISBN: 9780714838885
ISBN-10: 0714838888
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
For Grades: 8+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 16th September 1999
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 25.2  x 4.7
Weight (kg): 3.08
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition