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New Art in the 60s and 70s

Redefining Reality

Anne Rorimer

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A brilliantly detailed account of the conceptual art movement, from the second half of the 1960s to the end of the 1970s


By the end of the 1960s, defiance of traditional art values reflected the demand for social, political and cultural transformation. This book provides the first detailed and authoritative account of artists and works that challenged received ideas about painting and sculpture by embracing alternative procedures and media. A revolutionary turning point in the story of art, it introduced the new ways of seeing that define the art of the 21st century.

Accounts of forerunners of the period such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Piero Manzoni, Joseph Beuys and Fluxus are followed by detailed discussion of works by, among many others, Robert Ryman, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Marcel Broodthaers, Robert Smithson and Daniel Buren.

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'Encompassing art-historical background, chronological narratives of artists’ careers, overviews of stylistic trends and illuminating quotes from artists and critics, it’s a must-have encyclopedia for students of mid- and late-20th-century art'
Art in America

'The scholarship is superb, the prose limpid: no better case was ever made for the viability of Conceptual art as the central movement of the post-Abstract Expressionist era'
Professor Yve-Alain Bois, Harvard University

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.5 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 303

Publication date: 19 April 2004

ISBN: 9780500284711

About the Author

Anne Rorimer, an independent scholar and curator. She was formerly a curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago.