Taschen (20 Oct 2008): 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.Each book in Tachen's "Basic Genre series" features: a detailed introduction with approximately 35 photographs, plus a timeline of the most important events (political, cultural, scientific, etc.) that took place during the time period; and, a selection of the most important works of the epoch; each is presented on a 2-page spread with a full-page image and, on the facing page, a description/interpretation of the work and brief biography of the artist as well as additional information such as a reference work, portrait of the artist, and/or citations.
About the Author
Dietmar Elger studied art history, history, and literature at the University of Hamburg and received his doctorate in 1984. He was responsible for exhibitions and publications on a number of artists including Richard Tuttle, Keith Sonnier, Raimund Girke, Allan McCollum, Gerhard Richter, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol. Elger is currently director of the newly established Gerhard-Richter-Archiv in Dresden.