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Art of the 20th century
Honnef, Klaus.
Publication Information:
Köln ; New York : Taschen, [1998]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (840 pages) : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 33 cm
1. Painting / by Karl Ruhrberg. -- 2. Sculpture / by Manfred Schneckenburger -- New media / by Christiane Fricke -- Photography/ by Klaus Honnef.
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N6490 .A77 1998 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
N6490 .A77 1998 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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An undertaking as immensely ambitious as this one deserves our attention before we even open one of its stunningly illustrated and argued twin volumes. For what Ingo Walther and his international team have done is to make sense of this most explosive of artistic centuries. Who could possibly have forecast on New Year's Eve 1899 that, one hundred years later, painting and sculpture would be only options, not prerequisite disciplines for modern artists, constantly questioning both the technical and thematic definitions of their work? The infinite laboratory of experiment that the visual arts have become over the last decades highlights not only the inherent potential for human creativity and representation, but also shows the way individuals and groups have responded to the huge social, political and technological changes of this most turbulent of times. Ranging across the full spectrum of disciplines available, including photography and new media, and thematically chaptered to highlight relationships between works and movements, this readable and encyclopaedic masterwork does just what it says on the cover. Whether you want Surrealism or Land Art, Fluxus or Bauhaus, your art book purchases can stop once you buy this. Warning: it will not fit on your coffee table!

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Library Journal Review

Is there really an art of the 20th century? Or is any retrospective viewing bound to come up with a multitude of approaches, a diversity of elements, and an ever-changing and expanding concept of visual art? This ambitious work strives to analyze and define the major art forms and movements from the early days of Impressionism through classic representational art into the Abstract and Minimalist realms. It addresses all media, including photography as well as the newest forms of interactive and video art, and examines the relationships between them. Perhaps the most useful section is the one including biographies and bibliographies of the artists cited, which could serve as a source for further study. The illustrations are small but nicely reproduced and annotated, and they fall within the pages of related text. Thoroughly researched and thoughtfully produced, this is one of the few comprehensive treatments available of 20th-century art. An important addition the basic art library.‘Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.