Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) David Cottington
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Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction by David Cottington
Book DescriptionAs public interest in modern art continues to grow, as witnessed by the spectacular success of Tate Modern and the Bilbao Guggenheim, there is a real need for a book that will engage general readers, offering them not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history. This book achieves all this and focuses on interrogating the idea of 'modern' art by asking such questions as: What has made a work of art qualify as modern (or fail to)? How has this selection been made? What is the relationship between modern and contemporary art? Is 'postmodernist' art no longer modern, or just no longer modernist - in either case, why, and what does this claim mean, both for art and the idea of 'the modern'? Cottington examines many key aspects of this subject, including the issue of controversy in modern art, from Manet's Dejeuner sur L'Herbe (1863) to Picasso's Les Demoiselles, and Tracey Emin's Bed, (1999); and the role of the dealer from the main Cubist art dealer Kahnweiler to Charles Saatchi. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192803641
(174mm x 111mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Cottington
Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (January 2013)
For over a hundred years 'the avant-garde' has been the most influential concept in modern art; its impact on the history of modern culture has been profound. In this Very Short Introduction, David Cottington explores why the avant-garde carries so much authority, and places it within the context of western modernity and capitalist culture.
Cubism and Its Histories, Paperback (September 2004)
Cubism was the most influential artistic movement that emerged in the twentieth century. With over 100 illustrations this fascinating book recounts the history of cubism and discusses how principal writings, from the likes of Apollinaire to Rosalind Krauss, have shaped its importance over the years.
Cubism in the Shadow of War, Hardback (October 1998)» View all books by David Cottington
An examination of the cubist movement set within the political, economic, and cultural forces of pre-World War I France. Cottington contends that cubism is a contradictory and unstable constellation of interests and practices shaped by social and political forces.
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Author Biography - David Cottington
David Cottington is Professor of History of Art at Falmouth College of Art. His previous publications include: Cubism ('Movements in Modern Art' series), (Tate Publishing, 1998), and Cubism in the Shadow of War, (Yale University Press, 1998).
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