How to Survive Modern Art

Susie Hodge, Author . Abrams/Tate $19.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-85437-749-4

In this striking introduction to modern art, Hodge chronologically surveys significant movements and styles from art nouveau to postmodernism and digital art, while spotlighting artists such as Giacometti, Chagall, Hopper, and Hirst. Full-color images appear on every page, along with paragraphs highlighting specific artists, works, and the influence of historical events. Asides zoom in on topics for discussion or contemplation—concerning modern sculpture, Hodge asks, “Why have so many artists focused on imagination, emotion and purity? If you were a sculptor, what would you focus on?” The extensive glossaries of terms, movements, and artists are invaluable, and readers of all ages should appreciate that the emphasis is not on “what” to think about art, but “how.” Ages 14–up. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/15/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
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