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Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate List

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Modern Art books.

History of Modern Art (Paperback) (7th Edition) (2012)

 Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate List  History of Modern Art is a visual comprehensive overview of the modern art field. It traces the trends and influences in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The seventh edition deepens its discussions on social conditions that have affected the production and reception of modern and contemporary art.     Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:      
Author(s): H. H. Arnason, Elizabeth C. Mansfield

…isms: Understanding Modern Art (2013)

 Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate ListAn engaging and informative guide to all the significant “isms”—schools and movements—that have shaped modern and contemporary art from Impressionism to the present. Following on the heels of the bestselling Isms: Understanding Modern Art comes this handy small-format guide to the history and development of modern art since the Impressionist era.
Author(s): Sam Phillips

Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics (California Studies in the History of Art) (1984)

 Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate ListHerschel B. Chipp's Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book By Artists and Critics is a collection of texts from letters, manifestos, notes and interviews. Sources include, as the title says, artists and critics—some expected, like van Gogh, Gauguin, Apollinaire, Mondrian, Greenberg, just to name a few—and some less so: Trotsky and Hitler, in the section on Art and Politics.
Author(s): Herschel B. Chipp, Peter Selz, et al.

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art (2017)

 Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate ListRivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in history. The Art of Rivalry follows eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are household names today. But to achieve what they did, each needed the influence of a contemporary—one who was equally ambitious but possessed sharply contrasting strengths and weaknesses.
Author(s): Sebastian Smee

History of Modern Art, 6th Edition (2009)

 Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate ListLong considered the survey of modern art, this engrossing and liberally illustrated text traces the development of trends and influences in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
Author(s): H. H. Arnason, Elizabeth C. Mansfield

Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That: From Slashed Canvas to Unmade Bed, Modern Art Explained (2012)

 Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate ListCome on, you know you’ve thought it―while viewing a “masterpiece” of abstract art, you mutter, “A kid could do that.” Here Susie Hodge, author of How to Survive Modern Art, explains why the best examples of modern art are actually the result of sophisticated thought and serious talent.
Author(s): Susie Hodge

Best Modern Art Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some modern art books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Artificial Intelligence: Modern Magic or Dangerous Future?

Author(s): Yorick Wilks
ID: 2389077, Publisher: Icon Books, Year: 6 Jun 2019, Size: 576 Kb, Format: epub

The Spartan Way: What Modern Men Can Learn from Ancient Warriors

Author(s): The Art of Manliness
ID: 2393325, Publisher: Semper Virilis Publishing, Year: 4 Jun 2019, Size: 205 Kb, Format: epub

Meyer Schapiro's Critical Debates

Author(s): C. Oliver O'Donnell
ID: 2955457, Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press, Year: 272, Size: 27 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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