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A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern

Kirk Varnedoe

ISBN 10: 0810931060 / ISBN 13: 9780810931060
Published by Harry N. Abrams, 1990
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Black cloth hardcover with gilt lettering on spine, 316 pages in near fine condition, faint rubbing to covers, inside pristine. No dustjacket. Signed by the author with a personal inscription thanking the previous owner of the book for his help and support for the book. The author curated the Jackson Pollock show in the 1990s while he was a noted curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and was awarded a McArthur "genius" grant. Book is profusely illustrated.; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 004088

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Title: A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Book by Varnedoe, Kirk

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Taking on critics of all stripes, Varnedoe argues that modern art was not deterministically shaped by the grinding-wheel of social forces, new technologies or foreign influences. The flatness of Degas's pictorial space, he contends, owes less to Japanese prints or photography than to an unprecedented late-19th-century burst of experimentation with perspective. In Picasso's and Gauguin's primitivism, Varnedoe discerns a process of pulling objects out of their original contexts in order to alter our way of seeing. With reference to 286 plates (one-third in color), he shows how artists have changed the rules as he considers the devices of fragmentation (from Rodin to Pop Art) and the use of an overhead view (from Andre Kertesz's aerial photographs to Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty earthwork). Director of painting and sculpture at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Varnedoe makes a novel case for modern art as an opening up of human potential driven by individual creativity.
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