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Seven Keys to Modern Art
With modern art’s proclivity for self-expression, originality, and the abstract, great works can often seem indecipherable. This book provides the tools to help interpret the seemingly bizarre and often intimidating aspects of modern and contemporary art by exploring twenty works in terms of seven key perspectives: history, biography, aesthetics, experience, theory, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Thames Hudson
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This is a great book. A bit of an unexpected gem that reviews individual specific modern and contemporary artworks from renowned artists from seven different frames of reference. The multiple views approach is refreshing and for each work presents a theoretical and historical context, an audience perspective as well as market perspectives. Its short essay format has meant it was perfect a breakfast table staple book for me over the last few weeks. Highly recommended for those interested in ...more
The seven keys are an excellent tool that I will certainly keep in mind in the future when I try to make sense of a piece of modern art. Morley chose twenty significant works of 20th century art and applies his seven keys to each of them. The resulting analysis is profound, multifaceted and critical. I feel like I learned a lot by reading this book!
Morley explains clearly the why and how of various art pieces of the 20th and 21st century. I leave this book with a better understanding of how to approach works from these eras and schools, as well as how to approach and understand contemporary theatre and music.