Theories of Modern Art

Theories of Modern Art : A Source Book by Artists and Critics

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Herschel B. Chipp's Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book By Artists and Critics is a collection of texts from letters, manifestos, notes and interviews. Sources include, as the title says, artists and critics-some expected, like van Gogh, Gauguin, Apollinaire, Mondrian, Greenberg, just to name a few-and some less so: Trotsky and Hitler, in the section on Art and Politics. The book is a wonderful resource and insight into the way artists think and work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30mm | 907g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 113 black-and-white illustrations
  • 0520052560
  • 9780520052567
  • 32,780

Table of contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION I. POST-IMPRESSIONISM: Individual Paths to Construction and Expression Introduction: The Letters of Cezanne Paul Cezanne: Excerpts from the Letters Introduction: The Lettters of van Gogh Vincent van Gogh: Excerpts from the Letters II. SYMBOLISM AND OTHER SUBJECTIVIST TENDENCIES: Form and the Evocation of Feeling Introduction: Gauguin and Other Subjectivists Paul Gauguin: Synthetist Theories Gauguin: On His Paintings Gauguin: On Primitivism Symbolist Theories III. FAUVISM AND EXPRESSIONISM: The Creative Intuition Introduction by Peter Selz Fauvism Expressionism IV. CUBISM: Form as Expresssion Introduction V. FUTURISM: Dynamism as the Expression of the Modern World Introductoin by Joshua C. Taylor VI. NEOPLASTICISM AND CONSTRUCTIVISM: Abstract and Nonobjective Art Introduction VII. DADA, SURREALISM, AND SCUOLA METAFISICA: The Irrational and the Dream Introduction: Dada and Surrealsism Dada Surrealism Introduction: Scuola Metafisica by Joshua C. Taylor VIII. ART AND POLITICS: The Artist and the Social Order Introduction by Peter Selz IX. CONTEMPORARY ART: The Autonomy of the Work of Art Introduction: The Americans Introduction: The Europeans APPENDIX BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
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"The richest, most thorough and authoritative anthology of theoretical source materials on painting and sculpture since Cezanne which has so far appeared." -- Alfred Frankenstein San Francisco Chronicle "Once in a great while one discovers a book that is unusual in approach, scope, and content. This is such a book ... From the words of the artists, ... one gets an insight concerning their art, a feeling of knowing the artists, and an awareness of their humanness -- added dimensions that make viewing their art work even more meaningful... This book is a significant contribution and is an important source for anyone interested in or involved with modern art." Art Education "A rich feast of letters, manifestos, reviews, interviews, and other writings relating to the study of modern art, carefully searched and methodically selected... He wrote the book to fill a need often cited by art historians and students -- to put the study of modern art on a sounder ideological basis. This he does... Other collections of documents of art by modern artists have been printed, but this source book has the advantages of objectivity and large scope... highly recommended for art collections and also for its relevance to humanities in general." Library Journal
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About Herschel B. Chipp

Herschel B. Chipp is Professor of Art History at the University of California in Berkeley and the author of Theories of Modern Art.
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