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Modernism's History
Author: Bernard Smith

ISBN: 9780300181920
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 17 August 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.0
Description:
The history of twentieth-century visual arts can no longer be written as a succession of avant-garde movements, contends eminent art historian Bernard Smith in this stimulating book. He argues that a return to the concept of period style is inevitable and that modernism - the dominant 'style' of art that emerged at the end of the nineteenth century and continued through the 1960s - deserves recognition as a period style. Smith renames this period Formalesque since it is no longer modern and since it emphasises the formal values of art more than any previous period. In a wide-ranging reformulation of art history in the twentieth century, the author defines the nature and development of Formalesque - an avant-garde style that arose between 1890 and the First World War, was institutionalised between the world wars, and flourished anew between 1945 and 1960. Identifying the Formalesque period, says Smith, makes it possible also to identify dialectical adversaries, such true oppositional avant-garde styles of the twentieth century as Dada, Surrealism and the Neue Sachlichkeit. These constitute the formative elements of the modernism - now called Postmodernism - that became increa...

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