TATE GUIDE TO MODERN ART TERMS: Updated and Expanded EditionSIMON WILSON & JESSICA LACK Book Number: 89957 Product format: Paperback
How often have you struggled to detect the "deconstructive illusionism" or "neo-plasticist performativity" of a work of art? The problem is not with the artists, but with the critic, and this solid book of jargon-busting explanations, arranged in alphabetical order, is a must for any serious art-lover. Covering all the major art movements and many that few people have heard of, the book also includes 450 pithy entries on technical terms for styles of painting such as impasto, photomontage, and even "painting" itself. Salvador Dali's "Lobster Telephone" of 1936 is an example of "appropriation", taking a physical object into a work of art, and although the term originated with the Surrealists, it is nowadays particularly applied to Jeff Koons and the Neo-Geo group. If Neo-Geo is an unfamiliar term, we can turn to page 190 and find that it means Neo-Geometric Conceptualism, a style influenced by the critiques of mechanisation made by the French thinker Baudrillard and highlighting problems of connectivity in modern society. New Spirit Painting was also a movement of the 1980s but in appearance could hardly be more different, exemplified here by the lush magic realism of painters like Paula Rego and reflecting a new interest in figurative painting. More familiar schools of painting include the Art Nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald of the Glasgow school, and the plein air techniques of Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn School. 317pp, paperback, black and white reproductions.
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