Contemporary art can be baffling and beautiful, provocative and disturbing. This pioneering book presents a new look at the controversial period between 1945 and 2000, when art and its traditional forms were called into question. It focuses on the relationship between American and European art, and challenges previously held views about the origins of some of the most innovative ideas in art of this time. Major artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, and Damien Hirst are all discussed, as is the art world of the last fifty years. Important trends are also covered including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and the art of the
David Hopkins, Lecturer in Art History, University of St Andrews
"An invaluable guide to art of the second half of the twentieth century" - Sandy Nairne, Tate Gallery
"The intelligent and sophisticated synthesis of key debates makes this volume invaluable. This skilful re-integration of developments in the art of post-war Europe with that of America is impressive and controversial" - Patricia Bickers, Art Monthly
Introduction; 1 The Politics of Modernism: Abstract Expressionism and the European Informel; 2 Duchamp's Legacy: The Rauschenberg-Johns Axis; 3 The Artist in Crisis: From Bacon to Beuys; 4 Blurring Boundaries: Pop Art, Fluxus and their Effects; 5 Modernism in Retreat: Minimalist Aesthetics and Beyond; 6 The Death of the Object: The Move to Conceptualism; 7 Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the 1980s; 8 Into the 1990s; Notes; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index.