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Art Attack: A Brief Cultural History of the Avant-Garde
In the army, the advance guard is the first wave of soldiers who rush into enemy territory, risking their lives to map out the terrain. In the arts, the avant-garde consists of people who have devoted their talents, even their lives, to seeing the future and to confronting others with their visions. This intriguing introduction to modern art examines the avant-garde from i ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 20th 1998 by Clarion Books
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Mar 06, 2012 Ellee rated it really liked it
Not a lot of new information here for me, but it's an excellent introduction to the avant garde in the arts during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written with teens & young adults as the target audience, it would also be appropriate for any layperson looking for a place to start on this subject. Very readable. Aronson has done well - the only way it would be better would be if the illustrations were in color.
Dec 15, 2012 Molly added it
This text is relevant for art/art history classes or cultural history classes. It is long, but the language, visuals and text structure makes it accessible for all high school years and some middle grades. It is appropriate for excerpting with both texts and visuals, especially the avant-garde visual summary on p. 105.
I don't usually like noon- fiction books, but we had to do a book report on a non fiction book for reading. I really liked this book. I wasn't bored, it was actually pretty interesting. It wasn't just about art, but about culture, and how art and contreversey affect it.
Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.More about Marc Aronson