- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Enlarged edition edition (2 Sept. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500275823
- ISBN-13: 978-0500275825
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 3.3 x 27.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change Paperback – 2 Sep 1991
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The definitive book on 20th-century art and design. --Creative Review
A genuine landmark, presenting the story of 20th-century art with unparalleled immediacy. --Elle Decoration
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Recent animated discussions on the Amazon classical music forum have awakened an interest in general 20th Century Cultural History, one aspect of which is consideration of the visual arts. Browsing for a general book to bring me up to speed on these matters I found that this was still, over twenty years later, the book to go for.
Before all else I have to praise Hughes' prose which is poetic and poetically informed without being remotely limp-wristed or pretentious as so much writing on art is. It is vigorously intelligent without being elitist or esoteric, and has a robust common-sense quality even when discussing the most abstract considerations, bringing the issues vividly to life.
Hughes does not attempt to present a unified narrative of the subject but rather identifies a selection of broad themes, which he then pursues more or less chronologically, and and with each of which he associates a group of more or less representative artists, some well known but a few less well known. In general more text is devoted to the early half of the century than thw latter.
Thus, for instance, the theme of the first chapter is the impact of burgeoning technology on society and the response of artists to it.Read more ›
The author has a unique writing style which can be a little verbose is easily absorbed, the content and critique is excellent, he is not afraid of giving opinion. Many art books are just glorified lists of prominent artists of each "ism" giving a brief outline of each movement, its mandate, a few photographs of the most well known paintings, then onto the next "ism". The Shock of the New is a very good read, it would help if the BBC produced the Documentary on DVD so you could read and watch a the same time
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Hughes was a genius that we all should recognise and miss. The book is a must read.Published 4 months ago by Griff
A Classic (which I try to read in Australian accent RIP Robert)Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a great book and one I dipped into quite a lot as an undergraduate. A good guide through the perplexing world of modern art with great photos.Published 17 months ago by Dan Smith
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!! The best commentary on contemporary art ever written, unsurpassed. Better than both the bible and Mein Kampf..Published 18 months ago by N. Smith