Artspeak: a guide to contemporary ideas, movements, and buzzwords, 1945 to the present

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Abbeville Press Publishers, Aug 1, 1997 - Art - 208 pages
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More than 115 entries clearly explain the who, what, when, and where of art since 1945. Some entries deal with concepts, such as formalism, multiculturalism, and the picture plane; some discuss specific movements, such as Abstract Expressionism and Fluxus; some describe various ways of making art, such as collage, performance, and video. Together they provide an invaluable key to the specialized, often baffling vocabulary so often used in today's art world. Complementing the entries are two additional noteworthy features. The first, a one-page ArtChart, presents the movements of the postwar years in a concise format that makes their chronological connections immediately visible. The second is a twenty-eight-page timeline - illustrated with full-color reproductions of paintings, sculptures, and installations - that chronicles events in the art world and the world at large, providing a context for the entries that follow, in addition, for this updated and revised edition, birth and death dates for the artists have been added to the index, along with their nationalities, making this easy-to-use reference even more informative.

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Review: Artspeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present

User Review  - Mandy - Goodreads

What a wonderful book for an art lover – whether professional or amateur, teacher or student, expert or total beginner. A simple, straightforward reference guide to explain what all those sometimes ... Read full review

Review: Artspeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present

User Review  - Jenn Ballmann - Goodreads

I was sent a copy of the book for review though Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own. Years ago when I was in school for Graphic Design we used ArtSpeak as a textbook. It's a great reference ... Read full review



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Bob Atkins is the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois. His PhD in Biblical Studies is from the joint program of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Atkins is active in scholarly societies, cochairing the Men's Studies in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion, and, most recently, presenting a paper on "Contextual Reading of Philemon" at the third meeting of the International Colloquium on the New Testament in South Africa.

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