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After Modern Art


Second Edition

David Hopkins

Publication Date - 28 August 2018

ISBN: 9780199218455

352 pages
9.4 x 6.6 inches

In Stock


Contemporary art can be baffling and beautiful, provocative and disturbing. This pioneering book presents a new look at the controversial period between 1945 and 2015, when art and its traditional forms were called into question. It focuses on the relationship between American and European art, and challenges previously held views about the origins of some of the most innovative ideas in art of this time.

Major artists such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Shiran Neshat are all discussed, as is the art world of the last fifty years. Important trends are also covered including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and Performance Art.

This revised and updated second edition includes a new chapter exploring art since 2000 and how globalization has caused shifts in the art world, an updated Bibliography, and 16 new, colour illustrations.

New to this Edition

  • 16 new illustrations, with many images now in colour
  • Considerably revised and updated, with a new chapter on art since 2000 and the impact of globalization on the art world
  • An up-to-date and expanded Bibliography


  • The best single-volume guide to art since 1945
  • Introduces the major movements, motivations, and artists of the period, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, and Jeff Koons
  • Mixes historical narrative with theoretical innovations and political dynamics to give a full picture of art since the Second World War.
  • Offers fresh insights and responses to ongoing debates

About the Author(s)

David Hopkins is currently Professor of Art History at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of numerous books on Dada, Surrealism, and post-1945 art including Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2004) and Dada's Boys: Masculinity After Duchamp (Yale University Press, 2007).


"Beautifully produced with colour illustrations, this is essential reading for anyone who has been bemused or intrigued by contemporary art." -- PD Smith, The Guardian

Table of Contents

    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. The 1990s: Fin de siecle?
    9. Art and the New Millenium
    Further Reading
    Galleries and Websites
    Picture Credits

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