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Art Since 1900

Modernism · Antimodernism · Postmodernism

Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, David Joselit, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss


An updated edition of the most comprehensive critical history of 20th and 21st-century art

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Groundbreaking in both its content and its presentation, Art Since 1900 has been hailed as a landmark study in the history of art. Conceived by some of the most influential art historians of our time, this extraordinary book has now been revised, expanded and brought right up to date to include the latest developments in the study and practice of art. It provides the most comprehensive critical history of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries ever published.

With a clear year-by-year structure, the authors present 130 articles, each focusing on a crucial event – such as the creation of a seminal work, the publication of an important text, or the opening of a major exhibition – to tell the myriad stories of art from 1900 to the present. All the key turning-points and breakthroughs of modernism and postmodernism are explored in depth, as are the frequent antimodernist reactions that proposed alternative visions. This third edition includes a new introduction on the impact of globalization, as well as essays on the development of Synthetic Cubism, early avant-garde film, Brazilian modernism, postmodern architecture, Moscow conceptualism, queer art, South African photography, and the rise of the new museum of art.

The book's flexible structure and extensive cross-referencing enable readers to plot their own course through the century and to follow any one of the many narratives that unfold, be it the history of a medium such as painting, the development of art in a particular country, the influence of a movement such as Surrealism, or the emergence of a stylistic or conceptual body of work such as abstraction or minimalism. Illustrating the text are reproductions of almost eight hundred of the canonical (and anti-canonical) works of the century. A five-part introduction sets out the methodologies that govern the discipline of art history, informing and enhancing the reader's understanding of its practice today. Two roundtable discussions consider some of the questions raised by the preceding decades and look ahead to the future. Background information on key events, places and people is provided in boxes throughout, while a glossary, full bibliography and list of websites add to the reference value of this outstanding volume.

Acclaimed as the definitive work on the subject, Art Since 1900 is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of art in the modern age.

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'The definitive history of twentieth-century art ... spectacular, and painstakingly conceived'
Gaby Wood, Observer

'A remarkable collective work. It criss-crosses the entire twentieth century in complex and fascinating ways. Written by four of the most innovative scholars of modern art history today, it is a landmark'
Briony Fer, University College London

'This is no ordinary survey ... it opens theoretical and historical perspectives on twentieth-century art with a sparkling clarity every reader will appreciate'
Mignon Nixon, Courtauld Institute of Art

'The book is important, not because it gives neat answers but because it raises questions'
Sir Nicholas Serota

'The significance of 'Art Since 1900' can’t be underestimated: psychoanalysis and poststructuralism are now inescapable methodologies that must be taken on board by mainstream art history'
Claire Bishop, Artforum

'The truth is that this is a lot more than a book. In fact, think of it as a season ticket to all the world’s galleries, Google, and the far corners of the internet rolled into one … This is an extraordinary book, extraordinarily well managed'
Art Book Review

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Third edition

Size: 27.7 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 896 pp

Illustrations: 884

Publication date: 8 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500239537

Contents List

How to use this book * Preface: A reader's guide Introductions Psychoanalysis in modernism and as a method * The social history of art: models and concepts * Formalism and structuralism * Poststructuralism and deconstruction * Globalization, networks and the aggregate as form 1900 - 1909 * 1910 - 1919 * 1920 - 1929 * 1930 - 1939 * 1940 - 1944 * Roundtable: Art at mid-century * 1945 - 1949 * 1950 - 1959 * 1960 - 1969 * 1970 - 1979 * 1980 - 1989 * 1990 - 1999 * 2000 - 2015 * Roundtable: The predicament of contemporary art Glossary * Further Reading * Selected useful websites * Picture credits * Index

About the Author

Yve-Alain Bois is Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University.

David Joselit is Carnegie Professor of the History of Art, Yale University.

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University

Rosalind Krauss is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University.

List of Contributors

Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, David Joselit, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss