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After Modern Art 1945-2000

David Hopkins

Publication Date - November 2000

ISBN: 9780192842343

288 pages

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Retail Price to Students: $27.95

The first concise interpretation of modern and contemporary art taken as a whole, shedding light on the artists and their works.


Modern and contemporary art can be both baffling and beautiful; it can also be innovative, political, and disturbing. This book sets out to provide the first concise interpretation of the period as a whole, clarifying the artists and their works along the way. Closely informed by new critical approaches, it concentrates on the relationship between American and European art from the end of the Second World War to the eve of the new millennium.

Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, and Damien Hirst are among many artists discussed, with careful attention being given to the political and cultural worlds they inhabited. Moving along a clear timeline, the author highlights key movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and performance art to explain the theoretical and issue-based debates that have provided the engine for the art of this period.


  • 130 illustrations with 68 in full color
  • Invaluable guides to international museums, galleries, and websites

About the Author(s)

David Hopkins is Lecturer in Art History at the University of St. Andrews. He has published extensively on Dada and Surrealism and related topics in postwar art, with books includeing Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst: the Bride Shared (Oxford, 1989) and Marcel Duchamp (London, 1989), co-authored with Dawn Ades and Neil Cox.


"Hopkins is an able guide...creating a self-determined path through some remakrably dense territory but ready to point out the meaningful byways as well."--John Loughery, The Washington Post

"The intelligent and sophisticated synthesis of key debates makes this volume invaluable. This skillful re-integration of developments in the art of post-war Europe with that of America is impressive and controversial."--Patricia Bickers Art Monthly

"Finally an affordable, clearly written book on the Contemporary Era. Filled with resources and analysis that students can use."--Steven Michael Vroom, Cornish College of the Arts

"This excellent work focuses on important movements and issues in the visual arts from WWII to the present....[Hopkins]...succeeds in extending discussion out from American art to provide an international perspective as well as an exceptionally stimulating and cohesive commentary on the 'difficult' art of the 1960s,'70s, and '80s. Reproductions are good; well-chosen, helpful notes; brief chapter bibliographies; useful time line; list of Web sites. Upper-division undergraduates and up."--CHOICE

"After Modern Art, in only 245 pages, covers that amazing creative period following the Second World War. Well documented with a good array of illustrations, this book is fun reading."--Gadfly

"An invaluable guide to art of the second half of the twentieth century."--Sandy Nairne, Tate Gallery

Table of Contents

    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.