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100 Ideas that Changed Art
by Michael Bird
From the earliest cave paintings through to the internet and street art, this inspiring book chronicles the 100 most influential ideas that have shaped the world of art. Arranged in broadly chronological order, it provides a source of inspiration and a fascinating resource for the general reader to dip into. Lavishly illustrated with historical masterpieces and packed with ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 24th 2012 by Laurence King Publishing
(first published October 10th 2012)
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This looks like a coffee-table book but it contains a lot of information. It's collection of 100 short essays, I'd guess about 500-1000 words each, about ideas in art: oil paint, linear perspective, performance as art... Almost each essay peppers in some very interesting historical tidbit or quote, or offers some idea about art. One that pops out at the moment is the original thinking behind installation art: the artists wanted to make it impossible for their work to become a commodity, so they ...more
Instead of taking a chronological view of art—through movements, artists, or locations—this book looks at the ideas that have most affected art throughout millennia. A beautiful coffee table book, this book is appropriate for art history novices and up. Although it focuses on Western art of the last ~300 years, Bird often makes reference to older works, and to works from other countries, including Asia and the Middle East. His broad view and neutral but engaging language are refreshing. My only ...more
Concise and informative essays concerning many ideas and concepts in art that have persisted and developed with time. As presented in this book that seems an entirely sensible ordering of the subject. I like looking at art, and there's more to look at when you have some essential information, which is what this book provides in a very clear and readable way.
The ideas range from materials and ways of thinking to dealers and museums, with each getting 2-3 examples and a brief essay that clearly explains what it is and why it matters. Obviously there's much more to be said about each example in the book, but this is a pretty good history of art and a perfect introduction for anyone just beginning to explore the art world.
A truly great list and great essays to accompany. I would say this is a book for anyone who wishes to understand how art has become both an outside force from society, as well as entrenched in every aspect of our daily lived from advertisement, to religion to entertainment.