Art since 1940: strategies of being

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Prentice Hall, Mar 1, 2000 - Art - 528 pages
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In Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being, Jonathan Fineberg presents the art of the last six decades of our century as a series of responses, made by exceptional men and women, to the conditions of life in baffling and chaotic times. This Second Edition includes a whole new chapter on the 1990s and augmented sections earlier in the book. The year 1940 marks a defining moment in 20th-century art, when many artists of the European avant-garde moved en masse to New York. The city was instantly transformed into the art capital of the world, triggering radical changes of direction as artists, both immigrant and American-born, struggled with the reshuffled facts of their existence. For these artists, says Fineberg, making art was -- as it continues to be for artists today -- a strategy of coming to terms with their moment in history. This book helps us understand these "strategies of being" of the greatest postwar artists, and by extension other artists both well-known and little celebrated. Professor Fineberg focuses on artists' lives and how they intersected with broader cultural issues. Individual artists looked at indepth include Calder, Hofmann, Gorky, Motherwell, de Kooning, Pollock, Newman, Rothko, David Smith, Dubuffet, Giacometti, Bacon, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg, Johns, Beuys, Klein, Warhol, Rosenquist, Westermann, Arneson, Hesse, Nauman, Christo, Polke, Richter, Guston, Bearden, Aycock, Kiefer, Clemente, Borofsky, Basquiat, and Wojnarowicz.

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A fine book on 20th century art. From Calder to Christo, from pop art to minimalists. Why is it that..... "Less than 5% of the artists in the modern art sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female" Read full review

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Excellent reference book. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
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New York in the Forties
20
The Sense of a New Movement in New York
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Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Jonathan Fineberg is Gutgsell Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia universities and is a trustee of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. In addition to editing "Discovering Child Art: Essays on Childhood, Primitivism, and Modernism, "he is the author of "The Innocent Eye: Children's Art and The Modern Artist, Art since 1940, "and "Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art.