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Art of the 20th Century
by Schneckenburger ; Honnef ; Ruhrberg ; Fricke
Binding: Paperback, 840 pages
Publisher: Taschen
Weight: 5.17 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 10.36 x W: 0.62 inches
ISBN 10: 3822859079
ISBN 13: 9783822859070
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Art of the 20th Century No art lover should be without this book, and now that this new version is available you have no more excuses! An undertaking as immensely ambitious as this one deserves to be owned by everyone, which is why we decided to shrink the original huge two volume hardcover set down to a manageable size and price for those of you with small coffee tables or smaller budgets. Now you'll find in one flexi cover volume the world's best overview of 20th century art. Who could possibly have forecast on New Year's Eve 1899 that, one hundred years later, painting and sculpture would be only options, not prerequisites? The term 'art' has been defined and redefined so many times over the last 100 years that it has gained entirely new social, political, and technological meanings. Ranging across the full spectrum of disciplines available, including photography and new media, and thematically chaptered to highlight relationships between works and movements, this readable and encyclopaedic masterwork does just what it says on the cover. Whether you want Surrealism or Land Art, Fluxus or Bauhaus, this is your be all, end all guide to art of the past 100 years. The authors: Karl Ruhrberg, exhibition curator and museum director, proves that writing about art can be as compelling as the art itself. Manfred Schneckenburger, artistic director of two documentas, describes the changes in the Plastic Arts and shows the identity crisis of the century to be the driving principle in the art work of our time. Christiane Fricke explores the diverse arenas of the New Media, from Happenings to Fluxus, and Live Art to Video. Klaus Honnef, co curator of documenta 5 and 6 and renowned director of photography exhibitions, examines the history of photography. The editor: Ingo F. Walther, born in Berlin in 1940, edited this volume and wrote the biographies in the glossary. He studied literature and art history at Frankfurt am Main and Munich and has written and edited numerous studies of 19th and 20th century art, among them 'Pablo Picasso' (with C. P. Warncke, 2 vols., TASCHEN).

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