Contemporary Art (Trade)

October 12th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in ebook Art

For undergraduate/graduate courses in Contemporary Art, Art Criticism, and Art History; also appropriate for studio courses. This text gathers together the seminal moments in the international art scene of the last few years, placing them in the context of the critical and public understanding of the works, and brings into play the remarkable growth of contemporary art museums across the United States, Europe, and globally. Contemporary Art describes the latest trends and tendencies in art, calling upon international exhibitions, curatorial projects, and the growth of new technology, and showing the rapidly evolving experiment that is the visual arts of our time.

Themes in Contemporary Art (Art of the Twentieth Century)

October 10th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in ebook Art

In this fourth volume of the Art of the Twentieth Century series, the contributors address a fascinating variety of themes relating to art from the 1960s to the end of the century—the period of “postmodernism.”

The first of the book’s seven chapters deals with the emergence in the 1960s of what has been called an “expanded field” for art activity. Other chapters discuss the consequences of Conceptual art for notions of the aesthetic; the Post-Conceptual practice of painting; practices of Post-Conceptual photography; video, performance, and installation art; and women’s practice and the question of gendered and nongendered objects. The final chapter explores the globalization of art at the end of the twentieth century. Full color illustrations are featured throughout the volume.

Gill Perry is senior lecturer in art history, The Open University. Paul Wood is senior lecturer in art history, The Open University.

Seven Days in the Art World

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The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion.In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton’s entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.

History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social

October 10th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in ebook Art

History as Art, Art as History pioneers methods for using contemporary works of art in the social studies and art classroom to enhance an understanding of visual culture and history. The fully-illustrated interdisciplinary teaching toolkit provides an invaluable pedagogical resource-complete with theoretical background and practical suggestions for teaching U.S. history topics through close readings of both primary sources and provocative works of contemporary art.

History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education

Art History: The Basics

October 10th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in ebook Art

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Social History of Art, Volume 1

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First published in 1951, Arnold Hauser’s commanding work presents an account of the development and meaning of art, from its origins in the Stone Age through to the “Film Age.” This new edition of a classic work explores historical and social movements and the effects these have had on the production of art–the centrality of class and class struggle, the cultural roles of ideologies and the determining influence of modes of economic development. There are 144 illustrations within the four volumes and each volume has a new general introduction by Jonathan Harris which traces the history of Hauser’s project, discusses the relevance of the work for art history today, provides a synopsis of Hauser’s narrative, and offers a critical guide that highlights major themes, trends and arguments.

Classical Art: From Greece to Rome

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The stunning masterpieces of Ancient Greece and Rome are fundamental to the story of art in Western culture and to the origins of art history. The expanding Greek world of Alexander the Great had an enormous impact on the Mediterranean superpower of Rome. Generals, rulers, and artists seized, imitated, and re-thought the stunning legacy of Greek painting and sculpture, culminating in the greatest art-collector the world had ever seen: the Roman emperor Hadrian.

This exciting new look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the grandiose monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with that most influential invention of all, the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world, from the treasure hunts of Renaissance Rome to scientific retrieval of artworks in the twenty-first century.

Art History: The Key Concepts

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The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology

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This unique guide gives an understanding of art history through a critical reading of the field’s most innovative and influential texts over the past two centuries. More than 30 readings from a diverse collection of writers focus on key issues such as aesthetics, style, history as an art, iconography, gender, modernity and postmodernity, deconstruction, and museology. 70 photos, 13 in color.

Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary

October 10th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in Art History

ART, the ultimate visual guide to 2,000 of the world’s most revered paintings and sculptures, begins with a short section on how to look at paintings and sculpture, explaining the simple steps of formal analysis that swiftly become automatic and greatly increase and inform your enjoyment of art. The main part of the book is a 540-page chronological look at more than 700 artists. This section is subdivided into the main periods of art history with introductions to each period or art movement that explain the key elements and influences of the time. With several paintings by each major artist, this section is a joy to dip into or study in more depth. Key paintings are examined in detail to help you understand the artist’s intentions, style, and method. Thematic galleries are interspersed, showing how artists from different periods and places treat the same subject matter, such as landscape, nudes, or animals.