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100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Alex (ed) Danchev
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27 Jan 2011 Penguin Modern Classics

In this one-of-a-kind volume, indispensable for students of art, architecture and film,

Alex Danchev presents 100 Artists' Manifestos, each reproduced with an introduction on the author and the associated movement, in Penguin Modern Classics.

This remarkable collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years is cacophony of voices from such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Feminism, Communism, Destructivism, Vorticism, Stridentism, Cannibalism and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and cookery.

Artists' manifestos are nothing if not revolutionary. They are outlandish, outrageous, and frequently offensive. They combine wit, wisdom, and world-shaking demands. This collection gathers together an international array of artists of every stripe, including Kandinsky, Mayakovsky, Rodchenko, Le Corbusier, Picabia, Dalí, Oldenburg, Vertov, Baselitz, Kitaj, Murakami, Gilbert and George, together with their allies and collaborators - such figures as Marinetti, Apollinaire, Breton, Trotsky, Guy Debord and Rem Koolhaas.

Editor Alex Danchev is the author of an acclaimed biography of artist Georges Braque and is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His other works include Alanbrooke War Diaries: Field Marshall Lord Alanbrooke, The Iraq War and Democratic Politics and On Art and War and Terror.

If you enjoyed 100 Artists' Manifestos, you might like John Berger's Ways of Seeing, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'The Manifesto is remarkable for its imaginative power ... it is the first great modernist work of art'

Marshall Berman


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (27 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141191791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141191799
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Manifesto is remarkable for its imaginative power ... it is the first great modernist work of art (Marshall Berman)

This collection is a must ... because the passion that erupted in the early 20th century is in such counterpoint to our own more apathetic era (Lesley McDowell Independent)

This ingenious anthology...is an inspiring book (Scotland on Sunday)

100 Artists' Manifestos [is] deftly selected and stylishly introduced by Alex Danchev (Terry Eagleton Times Literary Supplement)

An absorbing capsule history of culture over the past century (John Gray Literary Review)

About the Author

Editor ALEX DANCHEV is the author of an acclaimed biography of artist Georges Braque and is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His other works include Alanbrooke War Diaries: Field Marshall Lord Alanbrooke, The Iraq War and Democratic Politics and On Art and War and Terror.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Applause 4 Mar 2011
By Truman
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Clear and to the point. An excellent collection for student or theorists, and a fascinating review of creative, emotive responses from minds across the century in response to the key eras and cultural forces that shaped us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring compilation 30 Sep 2011
By nadjax
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Having seen this book at the Tate while visiting the Vorticists exhibition, as an artist I couldn't resist buying it. Concise introductions to each manifesto enlighten the reader and draw you into the strange and sometimes perverse worlds of the art movements that have shaped 20th century thought and aesthetics. I love it and draw on it every time I have a crisis of creativity - an inspiring read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want what is on the label on the tin... 12 Oct 2013
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...you will find it inside the tin in this case, or, in other words, it says "100 artists' manifestos" and 100 artists manifestos is what you will get, their mostly glorious, turgid, self-indulgent and inflammatory declamations leavened by the helpful, personal and slyly witty introductions by the urbane editor, a Professor - of all things - of International Relations at Nottingham University. The book certainly seems to be popular, being displayed in leading bookshops and both inside and outside various Tate shows. There's plenty written about artists; here you can read what artists want to write about art. The book is weighted towards the earlier 20th century, when manifesto writing was all the vogue (hence "from the Futurists") with Dada, Surrealism et al, and progressively tails off, as no one got round to writing them very much, apart from Gilbert and George, Baselitz, Derek Jarman, Kitaj and, finally, the Stuckists, who feature with three of their effusions, the last including the immortal statement from the hitherto-unknown Edgeworth Johnstone of Muswell Hill: "YBA means You'll Believe Anything".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great history but not much to learn here. 28 May 2013
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I hoped this would explain the techniques of each artistic approach but it does not. No pictures were included to illustrate the concepts and the descriptions were not helpful for such an education.

Instead these are the mean, and frequently pro-communist ramblings, of painters, architects, and others, most of whom are very poor writers. After 148 pages of careful reading I don't believe that it is worth my precious time to read more.

As a history reporting, the book is a 5 star and an important contribution showing what "little people" many artists are as they think only of themselves and blast others. Of course you can get into the spirit of "the manifesto" and disregard the harshness but when you read how they lived their personal lives the same way politically and personally it is hard to disregard their barbarian tendencies.

I guess I must admit that I learned something but it embarrasses me to be considered an artist myself.
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