Public interest in modern art continues to grow, as witnessed by the spectacular success of the Tate Modern in London and the Bilbao Guggenheim. Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction engages general readers, offering them not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history. The book focuses on interrogating the idea of "modern" art by asking such questions as: What makes a work of art qualify as modern, or fail to? How has this selection been made? What is the relationship between modern and contemporary art? Is "postmodernist" art no longer modern, or just no longer modernist? In either case, whyand what does this claim mean, both for art and the idea of "the modern?"
Cottingham examines many key aspects of this subject, including the issue of controversy in modern art, from Manet's Dejeuner sur L'Herbe (1863) to Picasso's Les Demoiselles, and Tracey Emin's Bed (1999). He also looks at the role of the dealer from the main Cubist art dealer Kahnweiler, to Charles Saatchi.
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About the Author
David Cottington is Professor of History of Art at Falmouth College of Art and the author of Cubism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Modern Art: Monument or Mockery?
1. The formation of the Avant-Garde
2. New media, new messages
3. Somebody had to be Picasso: the artist as hero
4. High and Low: culture and consumerism
5. Past the post: whatever next?