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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791345303
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791345307
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This survey of great contemporary artists is the perfect introduction to the exciting world of art today. Artists working after the Second World War faced a confounding array of challenges, as stylistic barriers were broken, technology advanced, and issues of sexuality and race came to the forefront.

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CHRISTIANE WEIDEMANN is the author of several books on art, including 50 Women Artists You Should Know and 50 Modern Artists You Should Know (both by Prestel). She lives in Berlin. BRAD FINGER is the author of numerous books on art, including 13 Modern Artists You Should Know and Jan Vermeer (both by Prestel). He lives in Chicago.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Local Artist on November 14, 2012
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If you know absolutely nothing about contemporary artists, this may not be a bad introduction. It tries to cover all aspects of contemporary art--2D, 3D, multimedia, and left me feeling like I really didn't get to know enough about the artists in any one area. I do study art and read broadly about contemporary art, and was struck by how few of these artists I had ever heard of. I know, I know--that's the point of a book like this. But I assume that the reason I SHOULD know these artists is that their work is seminal and available, and so far that hasn't been the case for me.

As an overall intro to art and art history, I will have to say that the "50 _____ You Should Know" (pretty much all of them) are a good reference set to have. The articles are typically concise, well illustrated, and whet your interest in learning more about the artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah G Lane on January 17, 2013
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My husband requested this book for a gift and he has been glued to it for weeks now. He finds it very inspirational. So glad I bought it for him. He is a painter uses oil and water colors so guache.
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By Tbone on May 15, 2013
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"50 great..." is a wonderful book i discovered at Mass MoCA. I did not not have much time to lok at it as the museum was closing but I decided to get a copy once I got home. Full of great pictures and information about the artists and the body of work of each.
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A great way to get acquainted with new artist of the 21st century. I particularly liked a photo of each artist and their time line overhead reflecting world events during their life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan becker on March 16, 2013
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Maybe with more research there could have been a wider view of contemporary art....all the same and rather sterile and lifeless....there is a vast world of art out there.
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