Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2016

464 Pages | 204

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190276621

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Themes of Contemporary Art

Visual Art after 1980

Fourth Edition

Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel

  • Organized around eight key themes that help students understand the world of contemporary art
  • Encourages students to think critically about the ideas expressed in the artwork instead of simply memorizing
  • Provides definitions of theoretical concepts in context, including: feminism, postmodernism, post-structuralism, semiotics, and post-colonialism
  • Features a broad array of over 200 full-color illustrations, including many of the most important contemporary artists of the U.S. and worldwide
  • Profiles artists at the end of each chapter to offer insight into individual artistic processes
  • Includes a timeline at the end of the text that situates the art within the historical context by providing major occurrences in art, pop culture, and world events from 1980 up until the present

New to this Edition:

  • An expanded full-color illustration program features over 200 images-forty more than the previous edition-in full color, providing readers with a more complete look at nuances of the individual artworks
  • Deeper coverage of the impact of digital technologies on contemporary art is woven throughout the text, with an introduction to the topic in Chapter 1, a wealth of new examples of artworks that were created with digital tools, and an ongoing discussion of the changing definition of "digital" in contemporary times
  • New and updated "Profiles" provide in-depth treatments of specific artists and show how particular themes are explored in the artists' oeuvres
  • An updated bibliography and timeline incorporate new reference materials and reflect key developments related to art, pop culture, and world events from 1980 to 2015

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