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Fineberg's new edition is the book to learn modern art from--many times over. No other study is as truly comprehensive. Always sensitive to the political context of modern and contemporary art, Fineberg resists playing ideological favorites. Every artist, every medium, receives a sympathetic, informative view in accessible prose that never dodges the inherent complexities. Follow Fineberg as he moves from accounts of the careers of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock to the fantasy world of Maya Deren's filmmaking, to Alfredo Jaar's manipulations of public information, to Kerry James Marshall's drawings of black superhero comics, to the cultural appropriations of Nikki S. Lee, and on and on. It's all there, and it's all succinctly, yet deeply, authoritatively, considered. --- Richard Shiff, The University of Texas at Austin
The great value of Fineberg’s account of the art of the past seventy years is its attentiveness to what happens for artists in the course of their work, how the play of individual circumstances makes breakthrough moments possible, and how the life of art is always as well an experiential record of ways of living. ---Franklin "Buzz" Spector, Washington University in St. Louis
From the Back Cover
The premise of this book is that artists use their art to think about their experience; it gives them a language in which to work out a way of existing in the world. So the front and back of the cover are illustrated with some of the great artists featured in the book doing their work.
1. Yoko Ono in the first performance of Cut Piece, Yamaichi Hall, Kyoto, 1964
photo courtesy Lenono Photo Archive © Yoko Ono
2. Ann Hamilton wearing her 1984 # 13: Toothpick Suitchair
photo courtesy Ann Hamilton Studio
3. Josef Beuys lecturing with a blackboard, New York, 1974
photo photo by Peter Moore © Estate of Peter Moore/ VAGA, New York
4. Ilya Kabakov performing The Walk with Ilya Kabakov, Moscow, circa 1980
photo © Yuri Rost
5. Christo and Jeanne-Claude talking to workers at The Gates assembly plant in Queens, N.Y., February 2005 photo Wolfgang Volz
6. Jackson Pollock painting, East Hampton, N.Y., 1950
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2010 , photo by Hans Namuth. Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona. Photograph © Hans Namuth Estate
7 Cai Guo-Qiang in The Century with Mushroom Clouds–Projects for the 20th Century, 1996
Photograph by Hiro Ihara, courtesy of the artist
8. Roxy Paine welding Conjoined, Madison Park, N.Y.C., 2007
photo © Sofia M. Paine
9. Louise Bourgeois at home working on her mixed media sculpture Confrontation, New York, 1982
photo Inge Morath, courtesy Louise Bourgeois Studio/© Louise Bourgeois. DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2010
10. Andy Warhol during the filming of Lupe Velez (portrayed by Edie Sedgwick) in the home of Panna Grady at the Dakota apartment building, New York, 1965
photo © Nat Finkelstein
11. Kerry James Marshall drawing, Chicago, 2009
photo by J. Fineberg
12. David Smith welding, Bolton Landing, 1952
photo © John Stewart
13. Robert Arneson, modeling a self portrait, Benicia, California, 1978
Photo courtesy and © estate of Robert Arneson/DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2010