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A Companion to Modern Art

A Companion to Modern Art

Pam Meecham (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-63987-0

Nov 2017

568 pages



A Companion to Modern Art presents a series of original essays by international and interdisciplinary authors who offer a comprehensive overview of the origins and evolution of artistic works, movements, approaches, influences, and legacies of Modern Art.
  • Presents a contemporary debate and dialogue rather than a seamless consensus on Modern Art
  • Aims for reader accessibility by highlighting a plurality of approaches and voices in the field
  • Presents Modern Art’s foundational philosophic ideas and practices, as well as the complexities of key artists such as Cezanne and Picasso, and those who straddled the modern and contemporary
  • Looks at the historical reception of Modern Art, in addition to the latest insights of art historians, curators, and critics to artists, educators, and more



Introduction: Pam Meecham

PART 1: Ancient & Modern

1. Colin Trodd: Revitalizing Romanticism; or, Reflections on the Nietzschean Aesthetic and the Modern Imagination

2. Andrew McNamara and Ann Stephen: A Cartography of Desires and Taboos: The Modern Primitive and the Antipodes

3. Paul Wood: Primitive/Modern/Contemporary

4. Whitney Davis: Did Modernism Redefine Classicism? The Ancient Modernity of Classical Greek Art

5. Nick Stanley: Robert Goldwater and the Search for the Primitive: the Asmat project at the Museum of Primitive Art

6. Fionna Barber: Surrealist Ireland: the Archaic, the Modern and the Marvellous

PART 2: Displaying the Modern

7. Julie Sheldon: Picturing the Installation Shot

8. Pam Meecham: Contemporary Displays of Modern Art

9. Liz Wells: Camera-Eye: Photography and Modernism

10. Wiebke Leister: Photographic Installation Strategies En-Bloc and In-the-Round

11. Judith Brocklehurst: Documenta 6: Memories of another Modernism

PART 3: Re-assessments: Modernism and Globalization

12. Jonathan Harris: Bijiasuo and Truth: Modernism Reassessed in an Era of Globalization

13. Angela Dimitrakaki: Extensive Modernity: On the Refunctioning of Artists as Producers

14. Richard Williams: Architecture’s Modernisms

15. Rosemary Shirley: The Wide Margins of the Century: Rural Modernism, Pastoral Peasants and Economic Migrations

16. Naoko Uchiyama: Destabilising Essentialism through Localising Modernism

PART 4: Locating Modernism: Multiple Modernisms and National Identities

17. Laura Back: The Many Modernisms of Australian Art

18. Elena Stylianou and Nico Philippou: Greek-Cypriot Locality: (Re) Defining our Understanding of European Modernity

19. Annika Öhrner: A Northern avant-garde: Spaces and Cultural Transfer

20. Renja Suominen-Kokkonen: Modernisms, Genealogy and Utopias in Finland

21. Greta Berman: The Engaged Artist: Considerations of Relevance

22. Leon Wainwright: Visualising Figures of Caribbean Slavery through Modernism

PART 5: The Modern Artist, the Modern Child and a Modern Art Education

23. Claire Robins: A Modern Art Education

24. Nicholas Addison: Misrecognition: Child’s play, modern art and Vygotskian psychology

25. Briley Rasmussen: MoMA and the Modern Child: The Critical Role of Education Programming in MoMA’s Modernism

26. Anna Green: Paul Cézanne’s Young Girl at the Piano - Overture to “Tannhäuser” or “Le Haschisch des femmes”