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on March 24, 2010
I teach introductory classes in art history and find this book a reliable and handy reference. The book is filled with short summaries of major and minor art movements with reference to specific artists, as well as discussions of influential philosophies and new techniques. They're great for jogging my memory and for getting my students headed in the right direction.This book and the companion volume, ArtSpeak : A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present (Speak Series), which covers more recent developments, will be useful to anyone who wants to learn more about the complexities of modern art.
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on March 8, 2007
I learned about this book during a docent training class I just took. Since it was deemed a reliable source by the museum's staff, I thought it would be one I could count on to help bone up on new exhibits that come to the gallery.

It provides informative overviews of art movements, styles, and historical moments like Nazi Art. It does not provide explanations of media processes. For instance, I was hoping to find a quick definition of the mezzotint printmaking process, and couldn't.

I would recommend this for any art lover's reference library.
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on May 21, 2015
This is a great book to have. If your an art student like me then it proves to be invaluable, especially when writing a paper. It goes into detail about all the art movements and more.
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on December 27, 2012
gave to my dad for christmas. he is a fan of modern art and within a few minutes of opening the book was already singing it's praises! He found new artists to love, and learned more fun facts about his old favorites. It has a great index for easy searching and inquires
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on July 21, 2015
This book provides lots of background to the different art movements an a way that is accessible.
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