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Styles, Schools and Movements

The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art

Amy Dempsey

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A new and expanded edition of the internationally bestselling guide to modern and contemporary art


Modern art has come to be defined by its styles, schools and movements. The more than three hundred collected here provide an indispensable introduction to the major developments in Western painting, sculpture, architecture and design during one of the most dynamic and exciting periods in art history.

Over one hundred main entries are presented in broadly chronological order, from Impressionism and Cubism to Sound Art, Internet Art and Art Photography in the twenty-first century. A further two hundred supplementary entries provide fully cross-referenced summaries of essential styles and movements, tracing intriguing patterns of influence and development.

A foldout timeline shows at a glance how the evolution of art corresponds with historical events, providing a thorough overview of the whole period.

Listings of major international collections and carefully selected suggestions for further reading are given for all the main entries, and the comprehensive index features over one thousand artists, architects, designers, impresarios, critics, collectors and champions of modern art, linking the styles, schools and movements with the people who made them happen.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New and expanded edition

Size: 27.9 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 312 pp

Illustrations: 272

Publication date: 6 September 2010

ISBN: 9780500288443

Contents List

1860–1900: Rise of the Avant Gardes • 1900–1918: Modernisms for a Modern World • 1918–1945: The Search for a New Order • 1945–1960: A New Disorder 1960–2000: Beyond the Avant Gardes • 200 Key Styles: A Dictionary

About the Author

Amy Dempsey is an art historian who studied under Rosalind Krauss at Hunter College in New York and received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Dempsey has written for various London museums, including Tate, and is the author of Styles, Schools & Movements: The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art, Destination Art, and Modern Art in the Art Essentials series.