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What Is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Kids Hardcover – October 31, 2012

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"Modernism enjoyably demystified." (Kim Hubbard PEOPLE Magazine 2012-12-17)

The new book "What is Contemporary Art? A guide for Kids," from New York's Museum of Modern Art ($19.95), offers a primer, featuring over 70 artists. Although it's geared toward youngsters, adults could also learn a thing or two. Some of the themes include self-portraits, why so many works are titled "Untitled" and drips, dots and waves (think Jackson Pollock). (The Wall Street Journal 2012-11-03)

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870708090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870708091
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bright on April 1, 2013
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This book is great for kids as young as five. It has a terrific selection of work and puts forward complex ideas about art in a clear and thorough manner for children to understand and consider. I like the fact the biographies and glossary are at the back as it does not interrupt with the flow of using the book. The selection of works are nicely backed up with other works from MoMA's collection and the design is fun without being distracting or childish. I would thoroughly recommend this book. It's a pleasure to use, informative and allows lots of room for children to use their imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OxfordMel on February 18, 2013
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I couldn't disagree more with the negative review written here. I think this book has been extremely thoughtfully written and beautifully conceived. The book was clearly written with the intention of introducing curious young minds to some of the greatest modern artists, and I think it does just that. The pictures are compelling. The text speaks to a child, without being too simplistic. Any extra detail (definitions and artist bios) has been rightfully moved to the end of the book to allow children to focus on the art itself. And, as an added benefit, the book can also be enjoyed by adults.

I would recommend this book highly to anyone with a child around the age of 10. I bought this book for my child and then went back and bought a few copies to give as gifts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pebbles on February 18, 2013
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One reviewer called this "dull looking?" Quite the contrary, I say. I have been an elementary school librarian for over twenty years. Children are drawn to those gorgeous thick colored borders. The headlines, sub-headings and circled text maintain a consistency of style that is reassuring to most children. The simplicity of design and composition of these pages make it very child-friendly and completely unintimidating. I'd say these authors should start writing their next book about another form of art. I am most definitely buying several copies of this book for my school library!!
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By Jim Bentley on January 17, 2013
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Love it! I bought it for my 10 year old great grandaughter. She loved it! But the great thing about the book is that all the adults that have seen it love it, too. I have been trying to teach about contemporary art for years and this is the best book i have found.

jim the architect
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