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The Story of Modern Art

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Firmly established as one of the most readable and intelligent introductions to modern art, this classic book is essential reading for all those with an interest in the art of our century. The second edition has been fully updated to take account of recent developments.
Paperback, 2nd edition, 400 pages
Published 1989 by Phaidon Press (first published 1980)
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Silence Welder
Jun 13, 2013 Silence Welder rated it liked it
A good overview of modern art. The edition I read didn't include Hirst and Emin, but that wasn't exactly what I was after.

It introduced movements and gave what seemed like a balanced view of the creators and their creations, their processes and also responses from viewers - public and private, past and present.
Anne
Jul 15, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic, partly-read
This was a very good starter for those interested to learn more about modern art like me. I am not giving this five stars because the orientation was slightly confusing - I would have preferred the chapters to be laid out per art movement rather than the idea or context behind them. I'm glad that there were lots of examples of Paul Cezanne's works (I like him very much). Sadly, Expressionism wasn't elaborated upon; Edvard Munch's The Scream wasn't even shown. I would suggest further discussion f ...more
Denis Taylor
Apr 23, 2015 Denis Taylor rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in 1989 - since then I have re-read again periodically (version #2 1992). The introduction and the last few pages are [for me] a poignant comment on the state of contemporary art |today]. As a painter myself, the book stands out [for me] as an important opinion worth digesting [and perhaps] for all visual artists who continue research into the plastic arts as a serious form of art.
J.J. Rodeo
Jan 30, 2015 J.J. Rodeo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب گویی دنباله تاریخ هنر گامبریج است، و از دید من به همان اندازه گیرا و دوست داشتنی است. هر فصل کتاب به یک گرایش عمده هنری می پردازد و اندیشه ها و فضای اجتماعی را که به ایجاد آن گرایش کمک کرده است، مرور می کند.
دوست داشتم کمی بیشتر تابلوها از دید بصری تحلیل شوند، اما همان حاشیه پردازی هم برای لذت بردن از کتاب کافی است.
Commander Law
Jan 20, 2014 Commander Law rated it it was ok
Shelves: art
It as the story of modern art up to about the 90's; I dare say there are further revisions.

Excellent in parts, especially when discussing the interactions between public, intermediates and artists. Sometimes felt that the text was composed of essays stiched together.
Jerry Reeves
Nov 21, 2012 Jerry Reeves rated it really liked it


For all its 400 pages it still seems to fairly skip through the artists/schools. Lots of interesting background and opinion. There are some gaps, not least that it was never updated to consider the likes of Hirst and Emin.
Srikanth
Sep 11, 2014 Srikanth rated it liked it
A disappointment from Phaidon, a failure of design and layout. Very important colour paintings appear in monochrome. Objects of different scales misleadingly located alongside. What gives?!
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