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Art Since 1980

Kalb, Peter

ISBN 10: 1780673264 / ISBN 13: 9781780673264
Published by Laurence King Publishing
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2013. Hardcover. Charts the story of art in contemporary global culture while holding up a mirror to our society. This title features political and cultural transformations of the early 1980s that are developed a era of accord between communist states and western-style economics. Num Pages: 336 pages, 300 illustrations, 175 in colour. BIC Classification: 3JJPN; 3JJPR; 3JM; ACXJ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 297 x 230 x 36. Weight in Grams: 2098. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781780673264

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Title: Art Since 1980

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Art Since 1980 charts the story of art in contemporary global culture while holding up a mirror to our society. With over 300 pictures of painting, photography and sculpture, as well as installation, performance and video art, we are led on an illuminating journey via the individuals and communities who have shaped art internationally. The political and cultural transformations of the early 1980s developed a new era of accord between communist states and western-style economics. The art world has since been reconceived to include communities across the planet as the issues of feminism and racial politics came to the fore and the internet was born, changing forever the availability and distribution of visual material. Today we see record-breaking sales of contemporary art and a dramatic rise in the number of students taking courses in the visual and performing arts. Kalb approaches art from multiple angles, addressing issues of artistic production, display, critical reception and social content. Alongside his analysis of specific works of art, he also builds a framework for readers to increase their knowledge and enhance critical and theoretical thinking.


“The writing is clear, artists are well chosen, and the chapter organization is logical. . . . The author strikes an admirable balance between a social history of institutions and contexts, and attention to individual aesthetic choices.”

-Bill Anthes, Pitzer College


“A quite complete and detailed survey of contemporary art, that . . . goes into substantial detail on a number of world contemporary artists.”

-Ellen Hoobler, Columbia University


“A good overview of late twentieth-century art, organized thematically and built of short discussions of individual artists. The way that the text is primarily organized around short discussions of individual artists or organizations is effective."

-Sarah Hollenberg, University of Utah


“Excellent research; great insights and surprisingly comprehensive.”

-Doreen Maloney, University of Kentucky

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