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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User Review  - Welsh_eileen2 - LibraryThing

I am reviewing a revised edition with more info. An interesting timeline, post war, of the deveopment of modern art. Suitable for anyone interested in modern art and its place in the happenings of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - pomo58 - LibraryThing

This is an essential reference for anyone interested in art and art history, from experts to the casual museum goer. The work starts with a timeline which includes both art and global events. This is ... 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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