A Material and Immaterial History of Modern Art
If art is (usually) made out of something, then this is a look at modern art through the lens of its materials. It is also a look at the immaterial, or the movements and trends, novelties and innovations, that punctuate the story of what we call “modern” art. Highly readable, with chapters such as “opaque and transparent”; “the weight of things”; “the informal”; “the natural and unnatural”; and “the immaterial”, as well as a wonderful selection of photographs of some well-known and less-well-known works, this is a book to read either cover to cover, or to dip into now. Either way it will reshape the way you look at the art in front of you.
Florence Mèredieu : Florence de Mèredieu is a professor of Esthetics and Art-Sciences at the University of Paris (I). She is the author of numerous articles on the arts that have appeared in La Nouvelle Revue Française, Traverses, Les Cahiers du Musée d’Art moderne, Art Press, Parachute, and more. She is also a writer of fiction, and an experimental film-maker.