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Lucie-Smith, Edward, 1933-

This is a lucid, authoritative and richly illustrated survey of movements in world art since 1960. The author's central argument is that the art world is no longer hierarchical but plural, and that its structures, if they exist at all, are provisional

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Phaidon, 1999
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Statement of responsibility: Edward Lucie-Smith
ISBN: 0714838888, 9780714838885
Note: Originally published: 1995.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 498-503) and index.
Physical Description: 511p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. facsims., ports. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Subject: Modern art; Art, Modern 20th century.


  1. Pop and after
  2. the survival of abstractions
  3. minimal and conceptual
  4. land art, light and space, body art
  5. neo-Dada, Arte Povera and installation
  6. neo-Expressionism
  7. Realism in America
  8. Post-Modernism and Neo-Classicism
  9. British figurative painting
  10. new British sculpture
  11. new art in New York
  12. out of New York
  13. Latin America
  14. Perestroika art
  15. the Far East
  16. African and Afro-Caribbean art
  17. racial minorities
  18. feminist and gay.

Author note

Edward Lucie-Smith is well known as a poet, critic, broadcaster and writer on art and culture. His many books include Movements in Art since 1945,Race,Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art,American Realism andArt Deco Painting,also published by Phaidon.


'A triumph.' (Independent on Sunday)||'Exhaustive and up-to-the-minute survey.' (Times Literary Supplement)||'Takes on the intimidating task of tracing developments in painting and sculpture since 1960. Remarkably, it succeeds.' (The Sunday Times)
'The most comprehensive survey attempted so far ... written with authority, perception, and challenging judgement ... an invaluable vessel of reliable reference in a sea of confusion.' (Scotland on Sunday)||'A coffee-table corker of a book ... this spectacular guide examines the history of the visual arts from 1960 to the present ... manages to do so without ever descending into a stodgy textbook style. For aficionados and novices alike, this is the essential guide to art today.' (The Times) ||'What a treasure. This history of art since 1960 is so huge that it's hard to believe that anything could be left out. Lucie-Smith, the seasoned author, classifies the artworks by school (neo-Dada, perestroika, New York) but no amount of scholarship can constrain the fantastic, fertile variety of works on show here. Stunning colour reproductions appear on each page, making this collection very good value for money.' (Guardian) xA0;

'Lucid and informative text x2026; plentiful colour pics xA0;' (Galleries) ||'Phaidon x2019;s designers should congratulate themselves for having produced a book whose selection and placement of images is really suberb x2026; allows x2026; us to have access to a real cross-section of work, to have an opportunity to consider it, however briefly, and not to remain cramped within the confines of a particular decade x2026; As a paperback, Art Today somehow seems to have come of age: it x2019;s the right kind of format, however heavy it feels. As a document of its period it will probably continue to supersede for a long time all other books that dwell so lovingly upon more ephemeral aspects of total modernity.' (Art Monthly)