Synopses & Reviews
The leading lexicon of contemporary art returns in an expanded, full-color third edition.
An indispensable guide for art-world neophytes and seasoned professionals alike, the best-selling ArtSpeak returns in a revised and expanded third edition, illustrated in full color. Nearly 150 alphabetical entries30 of them new to this editionexplain the who, what, where, and when of postwar and contemporary art. These concise mini-essays on the key terms of the art world are written with wit and common sense by veteran critic Robert Atkins. More than eighty images, most in color, illustrate key works of the art movements discussed, making ArtSpeak a visual reference, as well as a textual one. A timeline traces world and art-world events from 1945 to the present day, and a single-page ArtChart provides a handy overview of the major art movements in that period.
Praise for the previous editions:
"From appropriation to manipulated photography to trans-avant garde, this handbook defines all the terms needed to sound au courant in the art world." —Village Voice
"A must-have book for students, artists, collectors, and other interested observers." —Hartford Courant
"A great book to take to the art museum." —Chicago Tribune
"This is the book to carry on your next gallery crawl." —Art and Auction
"In this important update of ArtSpeak
, Atkins again offers reliable, succinct definitions of some 150 art terms, ideas, and movements, outlined in an easy-to-read, uniform format that gives the who, when, where, and what. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
"In the end, ArtSpeak is informative and readable, a friendly invitation to better understand the language of contemporary art. Over its history, the book has transmuted from more or less a dictionary of terms into a relatively comprehensive survey of twenty-five years of art. Now, dont you want clearer understanding of movement Mono-ha?"
Rain Taxi Review of Books
"The writing is simple, direct, nonjudgmental, and succinct. An essential update."
Library Journal, starred review
"[ArtSpeak is] where you go to find out, quickly and clearly, what Semiotics means... It offers handy short takes on terms like commodification and formalism, along with the who, when, where, and sometimes why of Neo Dada, Neo-Expressionism, Neo-Geo, New Image, the New Leipzig school, New media, New Realism, New Wave, Nouveau Réalisme, Socialist Realism, Social Realism, Social Practice, Space Art, and Spatialism, to name some more of the 146 categories in the book. It also explains what separates Pathetic Art from kitsch, and how Abject Expressionism differs from Abstract Expressionism."
Praise for the previous editions:
"From appropriation to manipulated photography to trans-avant garde, this handbook defines all the terms needed to sound au courant in the art world." Village Voice
"A must-have book for students, artists, collectors, and other interested observers." Hartford Courant
"A great book to take to the art museum." Chicago Tribune
"This is the book to carry on your next gallery crawl." Art and Auction
About the Author
Robert Atkins, an art historian, critic, and journalist, has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times
and Art in America
, and is a former staff columnist for The Village Voice
. A frequent lecturer on contemporary art and culture, new media, and technology, Atkins has also been active in numerous cultural organizations, including Visual AIDS, of which he is a co-founder. His other books include ArtSpoke: A Guide to Modern Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 18481944
and Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression