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100 Ideas That Changed Art

100 Ideas That Changed Art

Paperback 100 IDEAS THAT CHANGED

By (author) Michael Bird

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  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 268mm x 18mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856697959
  • ISBN 13: 9781856697958
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 288 Colour
  • Sales rank: 48,979

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From the earliest cave paintings through to the internet and street art, this inspiring book chronicles the 100 most influential ideas that have shaped the world of art. Arranged in broadly chronological order, it provides a unique and compelling take on the history of art. The book shows how developments in materials (oil paint, plastics, paint in tubes) and technology (paper, photography, welding) have radically changed the way that art is produced. But these changes run parallel with influences from wider culture such as the study of optics and anatomy and more conceptual concerns such as chance and ephemerality. Each entry explores when an idea first evolved and how it has resurfaced in the work of different artists up to the present day. Lavishly illustrated with historical masterpieces and packed with fascinating contemporary examples, this is an inspirational and wholly original guide to understanding the forces that have shaped world art.

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Author information

Michael Bird is a writer, art historian, and broadcaster. His recent books include Sandra Blow (2005), The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time (2008), and Bryan Wynter (2010). He has published many essays and articles on modern and contemporary art and lectures widely. He is currently Visiting Lecturer at University College Falmouth.

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"Michael Bird has written a book that caters to every sort of art lover, from novice art historian to seasoned museum-goer...100 Ideas That Changed Art is a must-read for any art enthusiast." - The MIT Tech

Table of contents

1. Cave and rock art 2. Fired clay 3. Land as material 4. Statue 5. Wall painting 6. Scaling up 7. Narrative 8. Relief carving 9. Body as surface 10. The nude 11. Contrapposto 12. Propaganda 13. Lost-wax carving 14. Paper 15. Memorial 16. Architectural sculpture 17. Word as image 18. Coloured glass 19. Frame 20. Icon 21. Making books 22. The grotesque 23. Erotic art 24. Handwriting 25. Mosaic 26. Multi-panel painting 27. Miniatures 28. Oil paint 29. Window on the world 30. Mathematics 31. Linear perspective 32. Trompe-l'oeil 33. Colour codes 34. Allegory 35. Portrait 36. The sketch 37. Mirrors 38. Printmaking 39. Chiaroscuro 40. Anatomy 41. Still life 42. Copying 43. Canvas 44. Camera obscura 45. Reinventing Greek art 46. Landscape 47. Series 48. Collections 49. History painting 50. Whiteness 51. Academies 52. Romanticism 53. Authenticity 54. The artist 55. Watercolour 56. Confronting reality 57. Medievalism 58. Dealing 59. Capturing the instant 60. Assemblage 61. Commercial design 62. Paint in tubes 63. Photography 64. Art colonies 65. Artificial light 66. The unconscious 67. The primitive 68. Multiple viewpoints 69. Collage 70. Machine forms 71. Abstract art 72. Satire 73. Found objects 74. Kinetic art 75. Scenes of daily life 76. Installation 77. Expressing inner states 78. Plastics 79. Protest 80. Documentary 81. Chance 82. Shock 83. Welding 84. Pop 85. Less is more 86. Opticality 87. Hallucinogens 88. Performance art 89. Personal is political 90. Moving images 91. Conceptual art 92. Titles 93. Body as medium 94. Street art 95. Globalisation 96. Digital technology 97. Museum 98. Negative space 99. The internet 100. Ephemerality