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A Dictionary of Modern Design

Jonathan M. Woodham.

January 2004; published online January 2005.

Book. Subjects: industrial and commercial art. 867 pages.236462 words.

From Art Nouveau to Postmodernism, Benetton to Frank Lloyd Wright, this fascinating dictionary covers the past 150 years of international design, with accessible and succinct entries on...

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Photography

Steve Edwards.

August 2006; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: photography and photographs. 176 pages.

Photography: A Very Short Introduction examines the definition, importance, and meaning of photography by combining a sense of the historical development of photography with an analysis of...

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Art History

Dana Arnold.

January 2004; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: history of art. 144 pages.

Art History: A Very Short Introduction provides the tools necessary to study art history. The challenge of using verbal and written language to analyse visual form and experience is...

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Dada and Surrealism

David Hopkins.

April 2004; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-century art. 208 pages.

Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction focuses on the many debates surrounding these movements: the Marquis de Sade's Surrealist deification, issues of quality, the idea of the...

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Renaissance Art

Geraldine A Johnson.

April 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 15th - 16th century art. 176 pages.

Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction provides a broad cultural-historical context for some of the Renaissance's most famous artists and works of art, introducing both famous and...

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Modern Art

David Cottington.

February 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-century art. 168 pages.

Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction examines many key aspects of this subject, including the issue of controversy in modern art, from Manet's Dejeuner sur L'Herbe (1863) to Picasso's Les...

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Art Theory

Cynthia Freeland.

February 2003; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: theory of art. 184 pages.

In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction discusses beauty, blood, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics,...

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Contemporary Art

Julian Stallabrass.

March 2006; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-century art. 168 pages.

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction takes us inside the international art world to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity....

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Design

John Heskett.

June 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: industrial and commercial art. 168 pages.

Design: A Very Short Introduction transforms the way we think about design. How does design affect our everyday activities? Do we appreciate its place in our daily lives? Simple objects,...

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The Etruscans

Christopher Smith.

May 2014; published online May 2014.

Book. Subjects: ancient and classical art (to 500 CE); classical history; ancient history (non-classical, to 500 CE). 168 pages.

This book explores Etruscan history, culture, language, and customs and examines the controversial debates about their origins, placing them within the geographical, economic, and political...

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