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Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant Garde [Hardcover]

Marc Aronson


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Discusses the arts, life styles, politics, and fashions while tracing the story of bohemians, radicals, hipsters, and hippies from Paris in the nineteenth century to contemporary America.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to modern art for teens & curious adults 21 Dec 1999
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Format:Hardcover
As mentioned by the reviewers above, this book is intended forteens. However, non-enthusiasts adult readers that want to know moreabout the history of modern art will enjoy it as well.
Basically, the author has attempted to show how modern artists have affected modern society and vice versa. Unlike many art history books, this book talks about music, theater, dance and subcultures in society, such as the beats and the hippies. Accordingly, you end up with a fuller picture of the scene.
The author has also attempted to make the impact of these works understandable to teens by using examples from the world as teens know it today, such as rap music, Internet, etc.
All in all, teens interested in the art scene will find this book interesting and engrossing.
Why 4 stars, rather than 5? I would prefer 4.5 stars, but that's not an option. My main objection to this book is the author's tendency to mythologize the avant garde artist and to whitewash some of their problems. But I would still recommend this book.
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