Seven Keys to Modern Art

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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.

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.

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