Art of the Avant-gardes

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Steve Edwards, Paul Wood
Yale University Press, 2004 - Art - 462 pages
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Art of the Avant-Gardes discusses the development of modern art in the first third of the twentieth century. It introduces the main themes of art in the period and summarizes the political context in which art developed: the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the subsequent consolidation of the European dictatorships. The book is the second volume in the Art of the Twentieth Century series.
With hundreds of full color illustrations, the book presents numerous case studies that illuminate the important idea of "expression" in art, related questions of Orientalism and the "primitive," aspects of Cubism, the development of abstract art, and the radical avant-garde movements--Dada, Soviet Constructivism, Surrealism.

 

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Contents

PART ONE Expression and Expressionism
13
Chapter 2
39
PART THREE The Emergence of Abstraction
56
flirting with wild beasts
63
Orientalism modernism and indigenous identity
85
Chapter 4
109
PART TWO Aspects of Cubism
125
modern art and primitivism
157
Chapter 7
269
Nicholson Hepworth
273
on the concept
307
Narrating the Dada game plan
339
Soviet Constructivism
359
Cubist collage
395
Surrealism l924l929
427
Further reading
449

The idea of an abstract art
229

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About the author (2004)

Steve Edwards is research lecturer, The Open University. Paul Wood is senior lecturrer in art history, The Open University.

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