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Key Moments in Art (Art Essentials)

Lee Cheshire


'Lets the reader into the art world in a disarmingly simple way … you don't have to be armed with anything more than curiosity' Matthew Collings

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Key Moments in Art describes fifty pivotal moments – some famous, others unfamiliar – from the Renaissance to the present day. Vivid, colourful vignettes capture the excitement of their times: when Michelangelo’s David or Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain were unveiled for the first time; when chance meetings have spurred artists to create compelling new styles, such as Impressionism or Pop Art; or when exhibitions have caused a public sensation.

Lee Cheshire's storytelling approach is both entertaining and easy to remember. He celebrates artistic ingenuity and collaboration, but does not shy away from the arguments, fights and lawsuits that have dogged art’s often-turbulent course. A reference section includes an invaluable glossary of art terms.


'A wonderful addition to the excellent Art Essentials series'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.6 x 13.8 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 100

Publication date: 30 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500293621

About the Author

Lee Cheshire is Senior Editor and Copywriter at Tate. He also contributes to Tate Etc. magazine, and edited a special magazine marking the opening of the extension to Tate Modern. He is the author of London in Paint, a survey of painting in London since the 17th century.

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