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What are you looking at? : the surprising, shocking, and sometimes strange story of 150 years of modern art

by Gompertz, Will, 1965- (Author)

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"We all know what Modern Art looks like. We've seen Monet's water lilies, we've admired Picasso's nudes, and we've gawked at Damien's shark, as well as the price tag. But what does it all mean? What is Modern Art? Who started it? Why do we love/hate it? And why is it such big money? What Are You Loo... Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : What are you looking at?
  • The fountain, 1917
  • Pre-Impressionism : getting real, 1820-70
  • Impressionism : painters of modern life, 1870-90
  • Post-Impressionism : branching out, 1880-1906
  • CeĢzanne : the father of us all, 1839-1906
  • Primitivism, 1880-1930/Fauvism, 1905-10 : primal scream
  • Cubism : another point of view, 1907-14
  • Futurism : fast forward, 1909-19
  • Kandinsky/Orphism/Blue Rider : the sound of music, 1910-14
  • Suprematism/Constructivism : the Russians, 1915-25
  • Neo-Plasticism : gridlock. 1917-31
  • Bauhaus : school reunion, 1919-33
  • Dadaism : anarchy rules, 1916-23
  • Surrealism : living the dream, 1924-45
  • Abstract Expressionism : the Grand Gesture, 1943-70
  • Pop art : retail therapy, 1956-70
  • Conceptualism/Fluxus/Arte Povera/performance art : mind games, 1952 onward
  • Minimalism : untitled, 1960-75
  • Postmodernism : false identity, 1970-89
  • Art now : fame and fortune, 1988-2008-today.
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