978-0-688-03201-2 / 9780688032012

Art Now: From Abstract Expressionism to Superrealism


Publisher:William Morrow & Co



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Art Now: From Abstract Expressionism to Super Realism. With 504 pages and over 370 color plates. Up to what point is it possible or indeed valid to trace a history of contemporary art? And where should one begin? From which artist or group of artists? From which movement? This book provides a clear and decisive answer to such questions , since movements and artists are treated with exemplary impartiality and with a sense of history often lacking in the militant critic. In this brief introduction it is not possible for me to sum up the development and interconnections of the struggles and achievements of the visual arts in the last fifty years , much less to draw even tentative conclusions about so complex a period as ours. But art , however one defines it , must still mirror , favorably or with hostility , the development of the society which it belongs . Inevitably , contemporary art , too , reflects the complex and divisive social , political , and ethical state of our civilization ---( excerpts from introduction by Gillo Dorfles , courtesy of Amazon bookseller Fridamod)

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