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Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics

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Herschel B. Chipp's Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book By Artists and Critics is a collection of texts from letters, manifestos, notes and interviews. Sources include, as the title says, artists and critics—some expected, like van Gogh, Gauguin, Apollinaire, Mondrian, Greenberg, just to name a few—and some less so: Trotsky and Hitler, in the section on Art and Politics. ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published June 15th 1968 by University of California Press
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May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Required reading during my college years as an art major. Great excerpts from the work of artists across all times inspired me and my classmates to write our own artist manifestos. A must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the struggle to be an artist.
Isabel clare
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
really lovely and beautiful collection of letters and other various direct sources --> mostly focused on 19th/20th century artists but that's what I was expecting. a cool read if you are also a fixated weirdo who is desperate for more insight into the personal lives of artists, or otherwise just want some emotional context put into light for specific works of art. ...more
Krystal Booth
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Excerpts from this were required reading for college as a Fine Arts Major...I have returned to it off and on for different sources. I think it sounds more interesting than what it really is...and I feel guilty for saying that. I think I will return to this book and read it in its entirety within the next month or so. I need to get a more honest opinion of it and believe that I would benefit from it.
Persephone Abbott
Just a note to self: the male prescription for ordering up philosophy for optimal lifestyle non dependent on the hassle of everyday life is found here. And I'll take the falafel please. To go. ...more
Claude Lingen
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Theories of Modern Art
A Source Book by Artists and Critics

Herschel B. Chipp

In Theories of Modern Art there is a constant reminder that art is not about representing nature on a 2d surface, but creating something new.

“They project their inner world. Franz Marc
“They plumb the innermost, true center of gravity of their own times. Franz Marc.

“Let us remind them that we visit an exhibition to contemplate painting and to enjoy it: not to enlarge our knowledge of geography, anatomy etc. Jean Metzinger
Fray Arsenio
A great and useful book but not what I was looking for.
James D
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
the quintessential book for a foundation in artistic philosophy. but took a long while for me to get through.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
History direct from the writing s of artists and the critics who wrote about their work. I have had my copy of this book since my college days in the 1970s and feel that this book is important for artists to have in their library.
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: visual-art
A fabulous and exhaustive collection of writings by the artists themselves. Though Thelonius Monk said that writing about music was like dancing about architecture, I did learn a lot about these artists from their writings. Kandinsky's bits are especially enlightening. ...more
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great reference. Always a book I come back to.
Gilbert Wesley Purdy
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Selections from letters, books, interviews by a wide range of great late 19th century and 20th century artists about art.
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed, art-theory
Required reading for my course with Barbara Buenger on modern European art back in 2002.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
a classic
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
A book to dip into....
Brian Bulfer
Jul 08, 2009 is currently reading it
good reference book
Mindy Jones
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I could live without this book in my life anymore. ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This is THE source book for all serious students of Art and Art History.
ah, art school. i actually read all of my art school text books, still have them, and still use them.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you want to get inside the mind of some the great artists, this book is it. It includes an analysis of their work and shares correspondence by the artists with others
Francis Jones
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I dip in and out of this book regularly, so inspiring to read the thoughts and manifestos right from the source.
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