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Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms

by Wilson & Lack

by Simon Wilson and Jessica Lack

8.99
item code: 7033

How many times have you read the caption next to a work of art in a gallery, or a review of a contemporary art exhibition in a magazine and found yourself none the wiser? For many, the language in which modern art is described can be as mystifying as the art itself. How necessary, then, to find a reliable guide through the confusing terminology that bedevils so much art writing. Drawing on the expertise of the most visited modern art gallery in the world, The Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms provides a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date resource for gallery-goers, art students and general readers alike, comprehensive in scope but small enough to fit into a bag or pocket.

From Abstract Expressionism and Body Art right through to Young British Artists and Group Zero, with hundreds of topics in between, every term, whether it be a theme, a movement, a medium or a practice, is defined with clarity and precision. The entries are complemented by over fifty illustrations.

International in scope, and ranging in time from the dawn of Impressionism through to the internet age, this is the perfect companion for all those wanting to increase their understanding and appreciation of modern art.

  • Author Simon Wilson and Jessica Lack
  • Pages 240 pp
  • Number of illustrations 50 black-and-white illustrations
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 mm
  • Paperback yes
  • Publisher Tate Publishing
  • ISBN No. 978 1 85437 750 0

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  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Contains brilliantly simple definitions of complicated theoretical ideas' clear, contextualising and enlightening, notably well done.

    Sunday Telegraph

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Brilliantly simple definitions of complicated theoretical ideas.. clear, contextualising and enlightening.

    Sunday Telegraph

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    An alphabetically ordered guide book that demystifies anything from "Acrylic paint" to the "Zero" art movement.

    The Wall Street Journal

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    This fantastic little book does exactly what it says it claims to do... It simply explains things.

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