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The age of the avant-garde;: An art chronicle of 1956-1972 Hardcover – 1973

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About the Author

Hilton Kramer (1928-2012) was co-editor and publisher of The New Criterion. He has been an editor of Arts Magazine and an art critic for The Nation and The New York Times. Some of his most recent writings include The Triumph of Modernism and The Twilight of the Intellectuals: Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War.



Roger Kimball is co-editor and publisher of The New Criterion, president and publisher of Encounter Books, and an art critic for the London Spectator and National Review.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 565 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374102384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374102388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a collection of reviews and essays written by Hilton Kramer. Mr Kramer is a well respected art critic, known for his well trained eye and writing style.
So what time period is the "Avant-Garde"? Mr Kramer believes it is the period of time from 1855 to the 1950s. The reviews are divided by time periods, as well as the nationalities of the artists. The reviews are well written and don't have the snobbish point of view that some art critics use, that only the critic can decide what is art.
This book helps set different art movements in a historical perspective, so the reader can easily see what else was going on in the art world when the art was produced. The book also contains black and white photos of various art work - it's a shame they couldn't have been done in color. That is my only complaint about this book.
I recommend this book highly for old and new artists alike - or even if you're just interested in art - to see how art is put into the historical perspective as well as for the enlightenment the reviews give the reader.
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