Themes of Contemporary Art

Themes of Contemporary Art : Visual Art After 1980

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"Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980" is an introduction to some of the large themes that have recurred in art over the past several decades. Reflecting a paradigm shift occurring in the visual arts from a formalist way of teaching studio art to more diverse and open-ended concepts, this text is structured around six key themes - time, place, the body, language, identity, and spirituality. Focusing on the process of interpretation and how interpretations are constructed by many factors brought into play by the artist, the viewer, and society, this text will help students interpret art from several angles: techniques and materials; historical circumstances; aesthetic qualities; theoretical issues; and artist's ideas and intentions. Each thematic chapter also contains a profile of an artist who has devoted a substantial portion of his/her creative energies to exploring aspects of the theme under more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 190.5 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16pp colour plates; numerous halftones
  • 0195162153
  • 9780195162158
  • 2,004,584

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"An excellent book that approaches contemporary art in ways that are relevant to how art is made today, ways that move beyond the old categories of medium and genre to examine a group of issues that motivate and structure much of the content of today's art."--Timothy Van Laar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coauthor of Art with a Difference: Looking at Difficult and Unfamiliar Art and Active Sights: Art as Social Interactionshow more

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