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Seven Keys to Modern Art
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Simon Morley
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Seven Keys to Modern Art

Simon Morley


Thames & Hudson Ltd

The Arts: General & Reference;
Art & design styles: from c 1960


256 pages

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As artists push further and further beyond their, and our, comfort zones, this book aims to help decipher the bizarre and often intimidating aspects of modern and contemporary art by exploring twenty works of art in terms of seven `keys'. History, biography, aesthetics, experience, theory, criticism and the market represent conventional `modes of existence' for every artwork discussed, but in a fascinating variety of ways. Simon Morley shows how twenty well-known but little-understood works of art can serve as useful springboards not only for understanding each other, but also for appreciating works by the same artists, and from the wider world of art in general.

Rather than proceeding on the basis of familiar art `movements' or `-isms', Morley focuses on just twenty individual works of art, from Matisse's The Red Studio to Doris Salcedo's Untitled. Representing a variety of media, styles, subjects and intentions, being the creations of men and women of different periods and places, coming from disparate social and ethnic backgrounds, these works show a rich diversity in modern and contemporary art.

By:   Simon Morley
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   550g
ISBN:   9780500021620
ISBN 10:   0500021627
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Contents The Red Studio, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) * Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, a Guitar and Newspaper, 1913, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) * Black Square, Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) * Fountain, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) * The Empty Mask, Rene Magritte (1898-1967) * New York Movie Theater, Edward Hopper (1882-1967) * Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) * Head VI, Francis Bacon (1909-1992) * Black on Maroon, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) * Big Electric Chair, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) * Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) * The Pack, Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) * Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson (1938-1973) * Osiris and Isis, Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) * Untitled (I shop therefore I am), Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) * A Book from the Sky, Xu Bing (b. 1955) * The Messenger, Bill Viola (b. 1951) * Maman, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) * Correspondence, Lee Ufan (b. 1936) * Untitled, Doris Salcedo (b. 1958)

Simon Morley is a visual artist and Assistant Professor in the College of Arts, Dankook University, Republic of Korea. He has lectured at such museums as Tate, The National Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Camden Arts Centre, and has contributed to numerous publications including Third Text, World Art, the TLS, The Burlington Magazine, Art Monthly, The Art Newspaper, Contemporary Art and the Independent on Sunday.

'Morley marshals ways of seeing and understanding that will give both the lay reader and the aficionado the tools for a deeper engagement with art and ideas' - Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery

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