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Art since 1960
Archer, Michael, 1954-
Personal Author:
Second edition, new edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thames & Hudson, [2002]

Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Format :


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N6490 .A669 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 the number of new contemporary art museums opening around the world. With over thirty additional illustrations and an updated timeline and bibliography, this book will prove indispensable to anyone interested in the evolution of modern art.

Author Notes

Michael Archer is an art critic and Professor of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. His writing on art has appeared in Artforum, Parkett, and Art Monthly.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This compact book covers the wide spectrum of art styles from 1960 to today. It is packed with references to the many artists of this period, and almost 200 reproductions, many in color, generously illustrate their work. Archer's thematic approach reflects the factors in contemporary life that affected these artists and influenced their work. Five chapters, presented chronologically, take the reader through the movements of pop, minimalist, conceptualist, sociopolitical, and postmodern art. The final chapter, "Assimilations," explains the curatorial rationale of a number of exhibitions of the last decade. Throughout the book Archer quotes and refers to the important art critics and journals of the period. The strength of this book is the fact that it is a British publication: the inclusion of European artists from such countries as Italy, England, France, and Germany gives it a global perspective rather than the typically one-sided US perspective. A concise time line charting the styles, artists, and important events of the era is an added bonus. Overall, a welcome publication covering a period in art history not yet properly documented. Undergraduate through professional. A. C. Holcombe; Kansas State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
Chapter 1 The Real and Its Objectsp. 10
Chapter 2 The Expanded Fieldp. 60
Chapter 3 Ideology, Identity and Differencep. 109
Chapter 4 Postmodernismsp. 142
Chapter 5 Assimilationsp. 182
Chapter 6 Globalization and the Post-Medium Conditionp. 212
Timelinep. 246
Select Bibliographyp. 248
List of Illustrationsp. 249
Indexp. 254