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Art Since 1960 studyguide

Art Since 1960 studyguide - Art Since 1960 by Michael...

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Art Since 1960, by Michael Archer In attempting to develop a much-needed survey of contemporary art of Europe and the U.S. while maintaining a small pocketbook format, Michael Archer takes on what may be an impossible task. His Art Since 1960 is part of a new series of small paperback books put out by the World of Art imprint of Thames and Hudson aimed at providing introductory texts in areas underserved by existing conventional textbooks. In contrast to the more modest aims of earlier titles of this imprint which acknowledge the need for a narrower scope or a more idiosyncratic argument, Archer's study presents itself, in true textbook manner, as neutral and authoritative. As anyone who has tried to teach this period knows, putting together the diverse art practices of the last forty years in an organized and coherent manner is admittedly a daunting task. Archer's approach is to organize the material according to themes, rather than through a simple chronology or the identification of styles or movements. Unfortunately, this structure in Art Since 1960 tends to oversimplify differences
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