This revised edition of a unique and illuminating survey of modern art includes a new final chapter with new illustrations on the art of the 1970s and 1980s and corrections in the text and index. "This book is based on two beliefs," says John Russell in his preface "One is that in art, as in the sciences, ours is one of the big centuries. The other is that the history of art, if properly set out, is the history of everything." It is in this spirit that the book deals with the major movements in art and the major artists since the 1860s, and it also interweaves the central historical and cultural events and themes of the modern period. The Meanings of Modern Art is the work of a critic who has lived with modern art for almost half a century and has been close to many of those who have created the masterworks of our time. The book contains a choice of illustrations as exacting as it is generous, and the 367 illustrations in color and in black and white are integrated with the text. The history of art as presented here is truly "the history of everything." In the words of the College Art Association, which in 1978 gave John Russell its Mather Award for art criticism, "John Russell can illuminate everything from the stones of Egypt to the bricks of Carl Andre."
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