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Current debates about the status of Modernism have led to an increasing interest in critical and aesthetic theories, and to a questioning of some of the traditional assumptions and limits of art history. The aim of this substantial anthology is to equip the student, teacher and interested general reader with the necessary materials for an up–to–date understanding of twentieth–century art.
Beside the writings of the century′s major artists, Art in Theory includes relevant texts by critics, philosophers, politicians and literary figures. It is organised into eight sections, from the legacy of Symbolism at the turn of the century to contemporary debates about the Postmodern. Each section is prefaced by a brief essay. There are introductions for all of the 300–plus texts, which serve to place theories and critical approaches in context. The result is both a comprehensive collection of documents on twentieth–century art and an encylopaedic history of relevant theory.

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"It′s hard to imagine a more useful and at the same time more imaginative selection of critical theory and theoretical texts than the ones gathered together in Art In Theory."

"Occasionally one comes across a book that is at once compelling and frightening, a book that excites and disorientates, a book with intimations of the sublime. Art in Theory is such a book. An indispensible source book." Arlis News–Sheet

"This anthology will be useful to all lecturers and students interested in this subject." Times Higher Education Supplement

"Harrison′s and Wood′s contribution to our understanding of art in this century seems likely to find its place on bookshelves and in bibliographies for many years." Journal of Art & Design Education

"Will be welcomed by teachers of art history, their students, and lay readers who are interested in the theories which have underpinned developments in the visual arts during the last century... Excellent... this will certainly become the standard work of its kind for a long time to come." British Journal of Aesthetics

"An outstanding instrument with which to explore modern art theory." Archis

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Charles Harrison is the author of a number of books on modern art criticism and art theory. He has been continuously involved in modern art as an exhibitor, critic, historian and theorist.

Paul Wood has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals including Art History, Artscribe and Arts Magazine. He is a consulting editor for the Oxford Arts Journal.

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