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Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521112321

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  • From Picasso's Cubism and Duchamp's readymades to Warhol's silkscreens and Smithson's earthworks, the art of the twentieth century broke completely with earlier artistic traditions. A basic change in the market for advanced art produced a heightened demand for innovation, and young conceptual innovators – from Picasso and Duchamp to Rauschenberg and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst – responded not only by creating dozens of new forms of art, but also by behaving in ways that would have been incomprehensible to their predecessors. Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art presents the first systematic analysis of the reasons for this discontinuity. David W. Galenson, whose earlier research has changed our understanding of creativity, combines social scientific methods with qualitative analysis to produce a fundamentally new interpretation of modern art that will give readers a far deeper appreciation of the art of the past century, and of today, than is available elsewhere.

    • This book gives a novel explanation of why 20th-century art is so different from all earlier art
    • This book provides a survey of the most important art and artists, based on simple social scientific techniques
    • This book describes the many new forms of art and new forms of artistic behavior that were invented in the 20th century
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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521112321
    • length: 460 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 25 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The back story of twentieth-century art
    2. The greatest artists of the twentieth century
    3. The most important works of art of the twentieth century
    4. The greatest artistic breakthroughs of the twentieth century
    5. The greatest women artists of the twentieth century
    6. Creating new genres: conceptual artists at work and play in the twentieth century
    7. And now for something completely different: the versatility of conceptual innovators
    8. You cannot be serious: the conceptual innovator as trickster
    9. Painting by proxy: the conceptual artist as manufacturer
    10. Co-authoring advanced art
    11. Language in visual art
    12. Portraits of the artist: personal visual art in the twentieth century
    13. The rise and (partial) fall of abstract painting in the twentieth century
    14. The globalization of advanced art in the twentieth century
    15. Artists and the market: from Leonardo and Titian to Warhol and Hirst
    16. The state of advanced art: the late twentieth century and beyond.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Art and Conflict in the Modern Era
    • Foundation Drawing
    • Introduction to Visual Arts
    • Twentieth Century Art
  • Author

    David W. Galenson, University of Chicago
    David W. Galenson is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His other published works include Painting Outside the Lines (2001) and Old Masters and Young Geniuses (2006).

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