The Shock of the New: The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art, Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, Its Fall

By: Hughes, Robert

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Hardcover with dust jacket, oatmeal cloth with gilt spine titles and white cover decorations, 21 by 28.2 cm, 423 pp., well-illustrated in color and B&W. The hardcover is very good with a name/date in pen on the half-title page, some small stains on the edges of the textblock and one on the top edge of the back cover, and a tiny remainder dot on the bottom edge. The jacket is fair with edge wear, chips, and small tears. From the publisher: “In the splendid tradition of Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man, here is a magnificent account -- authoritative, lively, richly and beautifully illustrated -- of the hundred-year history of modern art. Written by one of the most widely read and respected art critics of our time as an outgrowth and expansion of his major eight-part BBC Time-Life television series, it recounts the origins of modern painting, sculpture, and architecture; discusses the careers of the major artists; shows how their work was shaped by the cataclysmic events of the new century; makes plain why modernism has today very nearly run its course – and does all this with verve, command of anecdote and scholarship, and a critical poise that is nothing short of dazzling. In eight fascinating chapters Robert Hughes explores the cultural fruit of nineteenth-century industrialism, the legacy of World War I, art in the lyric mode, the glorious failure of modern architecture, the outbreak of irrationality, the art of extreme emotion, art gripped by the media, why the avant-garde is no more, and where, if anywhere, art goes from here ... Deeply informed, dashingly written, wonderfully illustrated (more than 250 pictures, nearly all in full color, constituting in themselves an extraordinary gallery of great works of modern art), The Shock of the New is history and art criticism at their most appealing and accessible, a book to learn from -- and to delight in.”

Title: The Shock of the New: The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art, Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, Its Fall

Author Name: Hughes, Robert

Categories: Art,

Edition: first American edition

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1981

ISBN Number: 0394513789

ISBN Number 13: 9780394513782

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: very good

Jacket Condition: fair

Seller ID: 3685