Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, and David Joselit: Art Since 1900

Foster art-since-1900 1st ed

Art Since 1900: Modernism · Antimodernism · Postmodernism

Second edition, Thames & Hudson 2012

Acclaimed as the definitive work on the subject, Art Since 1900 is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of art in the modern age. Conceived by four of the most influential art historians of our time, this extraordinary book has now been brought right up to date to include the latest developments in contemporary art.

For the new edition, the original authors Foster, Krauss, Bois and Buchloh have been joined by Professor David Joselit to provide the most comprehensive critical history of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries ever published.

With a clear year-by-year structure, the authors present more than one hundred and twenty articles, each focusing on a crucial event—such as the creation of a seminal work, the publication of an important text, or the opening of a major exhibition—to tell the many stories of art from 1900 to the present. All the key turning-points and breakthroughs of modernism and postmodernism are explored in depth, as are the frequent antimodernist reactions' alternative visions of art and the world.

This expanded edition contains new essays on the De Stijl movement, the use of mannequins and the automaton in Dada, and modernist graphic design between the wars, as well as discussions of the global emergence of Chinese artists, the influence of gaming and social networking, and the impact of the market on current practice.

Flexible structure and extensive cross-referencing enable readers to plot their own course through the century and to follow any one of the many narratives that unfold, be it the history of a medium such as painting, the development of art in a particular country, the influence of a movement such as Surrealism, or the emergence of a stylistic or conceptual body of work such as abstraction or minimalism.

Illustrations include more than seven hundred of the canonical (and anti-canonical) works of the century. A four-part introduction sets out the methodologies that govern the discipline of art history. Two roundtable discussions consider some of the questions raised by the preceding decades and look ahead to the future. Background information on key events, places and people is provided in themed boxes throughout the book, while an expanded glossary, full bibliography and list of websites add to the reference value of this outstanding volume.

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