EU shipping is temporarily suspended

Abstract Art (World of Art)

Anna Moszynska


A succinct but thorough introduction to abstract art since 1900, revised and updated.

See Inside

Also available as an eBook from Online store, Online store


Since the early years of the 20th century, Western abstract art has fascinated, outraged and bewildered audiences. Its path to acceptance within the artistic mainstream was slow. Anna Moszynska traces the origins and evolution of abstract art, placing it in broad cultural context. She examines the pioneering work of Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian alongside the Russian Constructivists, the De Stijl group and the Bauhaus artists,
contrasting European geometric abstraction in the 1930s and 40s with the emphasis on personal expression after the Second World War. Op, Kinetic and Minimal art of the postwar period is discussed and illustrated in detail, and new chapters bring the account up to date, exploring the crisis in abstraction of the 1980s and its revival – in paint, fabric, sculpture and installation – in recent decades. The first edition of this book, published in 1990, was acclaimed by reviewers; now in full colour and comprehensively revised, it will serve as the best introduction to abstract art for a new generation.

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Second edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 194

Publication date: 12 March 2020

ISBN: 9780500204450

Contents List

Preface • 1. Observing the World: Paths to Abstraction 1910–14 • 2. Looking Inwards: Investigations 1912–20 • 3. Social Ideals: Constructing the Future 1920–39 • 4. Abstractions in Europe: 1939–56 • 5. Focus on Expression: USA 1939–56 • 6. Objective Approaches: Abstract Art 1956–78 • 7. Crises in Abstraction: 1979–89 • 8. Extending the Canon: Diffusions of Identity and Place since the 1990s • 9. Abstraction in the Expanded Field

About the Author

Anna Moszynska pioneered the study of contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute during the late 1980s, and oversaw the development of the MA in Contemporary Art. In addition to writing books she has contributed to journals including Tate, Apollo, Arts Review, TLS and Art Monthly. Moszynska is an art critic for BBC Radio 3 and a member of the International Art Critics Association.

Related Topics