Thursday, December 26, 2013

ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present

By Robert Atkins

Genre: Fine Arts

ArtSpeak is an essential book for the Fine Arts enthusiast. It is basically a encyclopedia of all the art movements and ideas from 1945 to the present and is currently in its third edition. This is one of those great books that serves well as a reference but is also a fascinating book to browse. Each topic is categorized in a who, when, where and what format. For instance, If we turn to the entree on Pop Art we find that its primary artists include Andy Warhol, Claus Oldenberg and other, it thrived in the 50s and 60s mainly in America and England, and the movement uses commercial symbols and icons as expression. Of course, the book says this in much more detail and more entertainingly. It is nicely illustrated with full colored photos but they tend to be on the small side. The text is what matters here. It also includes a nice timeline correlating world history with art history. Anyone who enjoys art will find this book worthwhile. As for me, I received mine from the publisher for review in a PDF format. I definitely plan to buy the real honest-to-god book.

In case you wondering why I placed this in my music book review blog, it just seems like music lovers and art lovers often go hand-in-hand. However, it you find that excuse weak, the book does reference some musical artists that intersect both fields like Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, and Pussy Riot. So there!

Background music: Laurie Anderson - Strange Angels

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