The Story of Modern Art
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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
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.
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
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?!
Jerry Reeves

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.
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