...Isms: Understanding Modern Art

Sam Phillips

An engaging and informative guide to all the key"isms"—schools, styles, groups, and movements—that have shaped modern and contemporary art from the late nineteenth century with Impressionism to the present.

Beginning with Impressionism, every modern art movement is described in an easy-to-follow format that includes a brief summary, lists of key artists and key words, an in-depth analysis, and illustrations of artworks that exemplify that ism. From prewar Cubism and postwar Abstract Expressionism to twenty-first-century Street Art, the history of modern and contemporary art is described as it develops from movement to movement. Famous isms such as Surrealism and Pop Art are featured alongside lesser-known avant-gardes, such as Orphism, Fluxus, and Neo-Expressionism.

An essential guide for art lovers and students, the book also puts in context all of the most important visual artists from the last 150 years, from modern masters such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol to contemporary art stars such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Banksy.


Dimensions are approximately 5.6" x 0.6" x 8"

Universe, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-7893-2468-9

160 pages with color images and illustrations


SKU# 24259

Pin It