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Medieval Modern: Art Out of Time

Alexander Nagel

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Thames & Hudson Ltd
19 November 2012
Art & Architecture; History of Art & Design Styles
This groundbreaking study explores the deep connections between modern and premodern art, offering a radical reading that reveals the underlying patterns and ideas traversing centuries of artistic practice. Nagel reconsiders from an innovative double perspective some key issues in the history of art, from iconoclasm and illusionism to the status of painting, installation, and the museum as institution. He examines, among other topics, why the medieval workshop was of such importance to the Bauhaus; how the 4th-century Jerusalem Chapel in Rome was a proto-earthwork akin to the projects of Robert Smithson; and the relationship between medieval relics and Duchamp's readymades. Alongside an analysis of 20th-century medievalist theorists such as Brecht, Joyce and Eco, Nagel considers a wide range of celebrated artists. This is a radical new reading of art that will profoundly broaden our understanding of both premodern practices and the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
By:   Alexander Nagel
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   1.200kg
ISBN:   9780500238974
ISBN 10:   0500238979
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   19 November 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alexander Nagel is Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a contributor to Cabinet, ARTNews, Artforum and other journals and magazines.

Reviews for Medieval Modern: Art Out of Time

Nagel argues the fascinating thesis that medieval and modern art should be considered in concert to better understand the latter. This lengthy scholarly work discusses structural analogies between medieval and modern art, for example, discussing both eras' emphasis on the placement of art in specific real-world sites, as well as on surfaces and the art object itself. . . . Provides a readable argument and offers wide-ranging examples.

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