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I know nothing about the visual arts so you can be assured anything I say I've stolen from Hughes's The Shock of the New. A distillation of his eight-part BBC/Time-Life television series, the book details the genesis of modern painting, sculpture, and architecture, and postulates how the artists in these fields were influenced by the major events of the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century. Scholarly yet readable, The Shock of the New has over 250 illustrations and successfully blends history, anecdote, and art criticism.
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This book evolved as a companion to the BBC program of the same name. Telling us that Leonardo DaVinci gave the Futurist painter Martinetti "the shits" and comparing Andrew Wyeth's Helga paintings to "pious deodorant ads," Hughes writes about the art of the 20th century without a hint of the preciousness or bombast common to art critics the world over. Tracing the evolution of so called "Modern Art" from the erection of the "mechanico-phallic" Eiffel tower, through Futurism, Suprematism, Expressionism, Pop-art, Photo-realism, etc., the book reads like the notes of a hyper-intelligent punk rock kid wandering the halls of the Louvre.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This authoritative, lively book, based on the BBC Time-Life television series, provides a comprehensive survey of the birth and development of modern art and an updated discussion of the European and American art movements in the 70s and 80s including minimalist and public art, 70s American painting, German Neo-Expressionism, art by women, and environmental art. "The Future that Was," the final chapter, is completely rewritten and updated. 75% of the 275 illustrations in the revised edition are in 4-color.

Synopsis:

This authoritative, lively book, based on the BBC Time-Life television series, provides a comprehensive survey of the birth and development of modern art and an updated discussion of the European and American art movements in the 70s and 80s including minimalist and public art, 70s American painting, German Neo-Expressionism, art by women, and environmental art. "The Future that Was," the final chapter, is completely rewritten and updated. 75% of the 275 illustrations in the revised edition are in 4-color.

About the Author

Robert Hughes has been an art critic for Time magazine since 1970. His eight-part BBC/Time-Life television series, on which this book is based, has been broadcast throughout the United States on public television. He has received the Franklin Jewett Mather Award for Distinguished Criticism from the College Art Association of America twice, and he has authored the Art of Australia (1966); Heaven and Hell in Western Art (1969); and Nothing If Not Critical (1990), a collection of essays on art and artists.

Table of Contents

1. The Mechanical Paradise.

2. The Abiding Violence.

3. The Landscape of Pleasure.

4. Trouble in Utopia.

5. The Threshold of Liberty.

6. The View from the Edge.

7. Culture as Nature.

8. The Future That Was.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780070311275
Author:
Hughes, Robert
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
Trouble,Pleasure,Landscape,Abiding Violence,Mechanical Paradise,Shock,Threshold,Utopia,Nature,Culture,Liberty
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 19th century.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series Volume:
90-4
Publication Date:
September 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
444
Dimensions:
10.82x7.96x1.09 in. 3.79 lbs.

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Product details 444 pages McGraw-Hill,c1991. - English 9780070311275 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I know nothing about the visual arts so you can be assured anything I say I've stolen from Hughes's The Shock of the New. A distillation of his eight-part BBC/Time-Life television series, the book details the genesis of modern painting, sculpture, and architecture, and postulates how the artists in these fields were influenced by the major events of the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century. Scholarly yet readable, The Shock of the New has over 250 illustrations and successfully blends history, anecdote, and art criticism.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This book evolved as a companion to the BBC program of the same name. Telling us that Leonardo DaVinci gave the Futurist painter Martinetti "the shits" and comparing Andrew Wyeth's Helga paintings to "pious deodorant ads," Hughes writes about the art of the 20th century without a hint of the preciousness or bombast common to art critics the world over. Tracing the evolution of so called "Modern Art" from the erection of the "mechanico-phallic" Eiffel tower, through Futurism, Suprematism, Expressionism, Pop-art, Photo-realism, etc., the book reads like the notes of a hyper-intelligent punk rock kid wandering the halls of the Louvre.

"Synopsis" by , This authoritative, lively book, based on the BBC Time-Life television series, provides a comprehensive survey of the birth and development of modern art and an updated discussion of the European and American art movements in the 70s and 80s including minimalist and public art, 70s American painting, German Neo-Expressionism, art by women, and environmental art. "The Future that Was," the final chapter, is completely rewritten and updated. 75% of the 275 illustrations in the revised edition are in 4-color.
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