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Art of the Twentieth Century 2 Volumes

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Publisher Comments:

An undertaking as immensely ambitious as this one deserves our attention before we even open one of its stunningly illustrated and argued twin volumes. For what Ingo Walther and his international team have done is to make sense of this most explosive of artistic centuries. Who could possibly have forecast on New Year's Eve 1899 that, one hundred years later, painting and sculpture would be only options, not prerequisite disciplines for modern artists, constantly questioning both the technical and thematic definitions of their work? The infinite laboratory of experiment that the visual arts have become over the last decades highlights not only the inherent potential for human creativity and representation, but also shows the way individuals and groups have responded to the huge social, political and technological changes of this most turbulent of times. Ranging across the full spectrum of disciplines available, including photography and new media, and thematically chaptered to highlight relationships between works and movements, this readable and encyclopaedic masterwork does just what it says on the cover. Whether you want Surrealism or Land Art, Fluxus or Bauhaus, your art book purchases can stop once you buy this. Warning: it will not fit on your coffee table!

Review:

"[W]e can hardly imagine a better look back at the explosion of creativity in the visual arts than this sprawling, two-volume set. Rather than force a single narrative of movements and countermovements, Ruhrberg and his German colleagues concentrate on individual artists, providing just enough surprises to entertain, enlighten, and provoke readers of all levels." Library Journal

Review:

"I know no other art reference book that covers contemporary art so fully and sympathetically, and tries to explain its sundry sects and styles. Unique for reference — 9 out of 10." The Times

Review:

"This is visual luxury — a work of book art in itself." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"This splendid history of 20th century art is an invaluable reference. Considering that most standard art history times give short shrift to contemporary art, this publication is a godsend." The Seattle Times

Table of Contents

Vol. 1. Painting / by Karl Ruhrberg — Vol. 2. Sculpture / by Manfred Schneckenburger. New media / by Christiane Fricke. Photography / by Klaus Honnef. Lexicon of artists / by Ingo F. Walther.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783822885765
Editor:
Walther, Ingo F.
Author:
Schneckenburger, Manfred
Author:
Fricke, Christiane
Author:
Ruhrberg, Karl
Author:
Honnef, Klaus
Author:
Walther, Ingo F.
Publisher:
Taschen
Location:
Kèoln ;
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
Painting, modern
Subject:
Sculpture, modern
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
19980701
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
840
Dimensions:
13.13x10.21x3.09 in. 1.22 lbs.

Related Subjects

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Art of the Twentieth Century 2 Volumes
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Product details 840 pages Benedikt Taschen Verlag - English 9783822885765 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[W]e can hardly imagine a better look back at the explosion of creativity in the visual arts than this sprawling, two-volume set. Rather than force a single narrative of movements and countermovements, Ruhrberg and his German colleagues concentrate on individual artists, providing just enough surprises to entertain, enlighten, and provoke readers of all levels."
"Review" by , "I know no other art reference book that covers contemporary art so fully and sympathetically, and tries to explain its sundry sects and styles. Unique for reference — 9 out of 10."
"Review" by , "This is visual luxury — a work of book art in itself."
"Review" by , "This splendid history of 20th century art is an invaluable reference. Considering that most standard art history times give short shrift to contemporary art, this publication is a godsend."
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