The masters of abstraction

With roots in early Cubism and Futurism and reaching maturity in Op art and Minimalism, Abstract Art encompasses all forms of non-figurative expression. This book explores the diverse ways artists from the early 20th century, beginning with Kandinsky, through the 1960s used abstraction to express artistic ideas, such as the paint splatters of Jackson Pollock, the geometric shapes of Piet Mondrian, the non-objective squares of Malevich, and the complex compositions of Wassily Kandinsky.

Featured artists included: Karel Appel, Willi Baumeister, Robert Delaunay, Theo van Doesburg, Helen Frankenthaler, Karl Otto Götz, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, El Lissitzky, Franz Marc, Kasimir Malewitsch, Piet Mondrian, Robert Motherwell, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Alexander Rodschenko, Mark Rothko, Emil Schumacher, Kurt Schwitters, Frank Stella, Pierre Soulages, Wladimir Strzeminski, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Antoni Tapiès, Wols.
About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Genre Series features:
  • a detailed illustrated introduction plus a timeline of the most important political, cultural and social events that took place during that period
  • a selection of the most important works of the epoch, each of which is presented on a 2-page spread with a full-page image and with an interpretation of the respective work, plus a portrait and brief biography of the artist
  • approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions
Abstract Art (Basic Art Series)

Abstract Art

Softcover with flaps, 7.3 x 9.1 in., 96 pages
$ 9.99

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  • Reviews
"Pas évident d'analyser l'art abstrait en une centaine de pages. C'est le tour de force que réussit ce petit ouvrage grâce à un découpage simple et efficace: un résumé historique, suivi d'une étude des principales œuvres abstraites. Idéal pour commencer."
— Arts Magazine supplément, Paris, France
  • See also
Kandinsky (Basic Art Series, TASCHEN 25 Edition)
Kandinsky
Hardcover, 9.4 x 11.8 in., 96 pages
$ 14.99

Painting outside the box. The founder of abstract art
Rothko (Basic Art Series, TASCHEN 25 Edition)
Rothko
Hardcover, 9.4 x 11.8 in., 96 pages
$ 14.99

One of the most esteemed abstract expressionists and greatest painters of the 20th century
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February 01, 2014 - May 11, 2014
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