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Visual Arts in the 20th Century Paperback – November 3, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0134944364 ISBN-10: 0134944364 Edition: First Printing

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With this volume, art historian Lucie-Smith (Art Today, LJ 11/15/95) again proves his mastery of the general survey art book. The format and content of this large primer resembles an earlier textbook by the publisher, Peter Selz's Art in Our Times: A Pictorial History, 1890-1980 (LJ 6/15/81). Both have an historical rather than a stylistic approach; chapters are divided by decades, which are then subdivided by media; and each has time lines with year-by-year highlights delineating and linking the political, intellectual, and cultural landscape. Significantly, the new work adds the field of photography to the discussion of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture. In addition, it makes a stab at pluralism, including greater discussion of women and non-Western artists. These discussions aren't much more than lip service, however, so that despite strong color illustrations, a clear layout, and comprehensiveness, the book earns only a B+. Recommended for general collections and art libraries with a primarily popular focus.?Heidi Martin Winston, NYPL
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In this lucid and coherent history of the century of modernism, renowned art writer Edward Lucie-Smith approaches his material in an innovative way. Rather than presenting 20th-century visual arts as merely a succession of various styles, he goes beyond to examine the historical, social, and intellectual contexts that have surrounded and supported individual creativity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; First Printing edition (November 3, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0134944364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0134944364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Glinnen on December 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Very useful in my college Modern Art course. Good sized illustrations and summaries of significant modern artists such as Pollock, Dali, and Mondrian. Well explained modern art movements and effects they had. All in all, a great book, and highly recommended for the art student or any lover of modern art.
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By Giuseppe on July 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book needs to be published again. It is concise, brilliantly laid out , and an incredible study aid for the art historian. Great addition to any library. It was everything it was promised to be and more, and it arrived in time for an exam thank you.
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By cyramoon on September 21, 2011
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This book has good pictures with wonderful explinations into the different aspects of the picture information. It delves into background of artists and historical going ons.
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