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Art Since 1960
The underlying themes that run through contemporary art, irrespective of styles and techniques, reveal the complex relationship between art and everyday life worldwide. This revised and expanded edition is brought up to date with discussions on the more comprehensive globalization of art since the mid-1990s, which can be seen in the growth of the exhibition calendar and th ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Thames & Hudson
(first published 1997)
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Horrible. Do not read this book if you want any factual information. I have only read the first 100 or so pages and have already found two unforgivable mistakes. Gina Pane, an extremist in body art as here said to be Italian but everybody knows that she was born and raised in France. Pane is coming out of an entirely different cultural and visual tradition. That's like saying Giacometti is Italian solely based on the provenance of the name. In the same chapter he says that Germano Celant coined ...more
At first this book was really hard and I didn't want to read it but once I got to the 1980s it became really easy. I think because subconsciously I already knew all this stuff. Finishing the book was an accomplishment to me and now I feel on top of everything.
Less thematic than I would have liked; often reads as if he has simply ripped off about 40-50 catalogue commentaries on individual artworks in lieu of making any kind of wider argument about general trends or developments. There are perhaps 10 or so such paragraphs spread over 300+ pages - it's an "overview", alright, but hardly a "critical" one - don't trust the blurb. 4 stars anyway because it at least covered a lot of material in a readable style.