Modern Art, Revised and Updated

Prentice Hall
Sam Hunter / John Jacobus / Daniel Wheeler  
Total pages
August 2004
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For one-semester/quarter, freshman/junior-level courses in Modern Art, Contemporary Art, 20th-Century Art.

Richly illustrated and clearly focused, this text surveys the genesis, development, and culmination of modern European/American painting, sculpture, architecture, and conceptual art-from Post-Impressionism through the most recent developments in the 1990s. Organized along chronological lines, it explores the ideas, forms, events, artists, and works-with each chapter devoted to a style, movement, or decade-from Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh through Minimalism and the general reaction known as Post-Modernism. Ideal for students with a general interest in art, it avoids the typical encyclopedic approach of surveys in favor of examining selected but highly representative works in greater depth and from an enlarged spectrum of critical discourse.


  • Recent scholarship-Integrated throughout.
    • Introduces students to some of the most recent developments and their complex motivating theories.

  • Features artists-Such as Jonathan Lasker, Nan Goldin, Glenn Ligon, Mary Hellmann, David Wojnarowicz, Ann Hamilton, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Kiki Smith, Matthew Barney, Elizabeth Peyton, Marcus Harvey, Rachel Whiteread, Charles Ray, Annette Messager, Yayoi Kusama, Yasumase Morimura, Fiona Rae, Stephen Balkenol, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Vija Celmins, Clegg & Guttmann, Guillermo Kutica, Guy Limone, Mariko Mori, Tony Oursler, Ellen Gallagher, Matthew Ritchie, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Iké Udé.
    • Familiarizes students with artists and works on the cutting edge of the field.

  • Chronological organization-Begins with a brief consideration of the origins of modernism in classical/Renaissance art and Impressionism; then proceeds chronologically by style and/or ideological groups.
    • Shows students how modernism evolved from the past to the present.

  • 80 percent of the illustrations and photos are in color-Presented with text reference on the same page or facing pages.
    • Provides students and instructors with immediate visual association among concepts. Avoids breaks in concentration caused by excessive page-flipping.

  • Almost 75 new color reproductions, a glossary of art terms and techniques, a list of museum links and websites, and a four-page illustrated timeline linking modern art and architecture to important contemporary ideas and events.
    • Helps connect students to the images and the discussions of them.

  • Updated to include art and architecture through 2003.
    • Familiarizes students with contemporary art.

  • The history of photography is woven into the text and illustrated-from modernism and its origins up to the advent of Post-Impressionism.
    • Stresses the growing importance of photography in the history of modern art.

  • Front matter now includes a supplementary, eight-page album of illustrations related to the entire period covered by Modern Art.
    • Introduced for both enrichment and a better learning experience.

  • A comprehensive but selective approach-Focuses on the major artists and artworks and a wide scope of diverse forms, media, ideas, and issues.
    • Keeps students with a general interest in the subject focused, rather than overwhelming them with a too-deep, encyclopedic approach more appropriate for artists and architects.

  • Written in a more literary style.
    • Makes this book more readable for students and teachable for instructors.

Table of Contents

 1. Modernism, and Its Origins in the 19th Century.

 2. Seurat, Cézanne, and the Language of Structure.

 3. Gauguin, van Gogh, and the Language of Vision.

 4. Art Nouveau in Painting and Design.

 5. Early Modern Sculpture: From Rodin to Brancusi.

 6. Tradition and Innovation in Architecture: 1880-1914.

 7. Expressionism in France: Matisse and the Fauves.

 8. Expressionism in Germany: The Bridge and the Blue Rider.

 9. The Cubist Revolution: Braque and Picasso.

10. From Cubism to Abstract Art: Futurism, Suprematism, De Stijl.

11. Dada and Fantastic Art.

12. Surrealism: The Resolution of Dream and Reality.

13. The Shaping of a New Architecture: 1918-1940.

14. The School of Paris between the Wars.

15. International Abstraction: Constructivism and the Bauhaus.

16. American Art in the Wake of the Armory Show.

17. The New York School: Abstract Expressionism.

18. The Postwar European School: L'Art Informel, Expressionist Figuration, Welded Sculpture.

19. American Art of the Sixties: Pop Art and Minimalism.

20. Europe's New Realism, Pop Art, and Abstraction.

21. The Diffusion of the New Architecture: 1954-1975.

22. The Post-Minimal, Post-Modern Seventies: From Conceptual Art to New Image.

23. The Post-Modern Eighties: From Neo-Expressionism to Neo-Conceptualism.

24. The End of Isms and the Beginning of the New Millennium.

25. Post- and Neo-Modernism in Architecture.



Museum Links and Websites.




SAM HUNTER is Emeritus Professor of art history at Princeton University, where he taught for twenty-two years. He is also a leading critic of modern and contemporary art, as well as the author of numerous publications, among them Modern French Painting, Modern American Painting and Sculpture, and monographs on Arnaldo Pomodoro, Isamu Noguchi, Marino Marini, Larry Rivers, George Segal, Alex Katz, and Tom Wesselman. An active curator, he has organized more than fifty exhibitions of contemporary art, for which he wrote museum and gallery catalogues. Prior to his appointment at Princeton, Sam Hunter served, successively, as director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and the Jewish Museum in New York.

JOHN JACOBUS is Professor of Art and Urban Studies at Dartmouth College. Previously he taught at Princeton, the University of California (Berkeley), Smith College, and Indiana University. His publications include 20th-Century Architecture: The Middle Years, books on the architects Philip Johnson and James Stirling, a monograph on Henri Matisse, and, in collaboration with Sam Hunter, American Art of the 20th Century.

DANIEL WHEELER, a longtime editor and translator of art books, is the author of a monograph on the Swiss painter Caspar Wolfe and several landmark publications, including Chateaux of France, The Grand Canal, and Art Since Mid-Century: 1945 to the Present. He also prepared the text for the third edition of H. H. Arnason's History of Modern Art.