"A masterful and lavishly illustrated landmark surveythe first to cover the history of collage in this much depth."Library Journal
From the seminal moment in 1908 when the young Picasso took a piece of brown card pasted with a "Magasins du Louvre" label and converted it into a new kind of picture, collage has been at the heart of modern art. Indeed, in seeking to transform the discarded scraps and residues of everyday life, the technique found extraordinary new opportunities for subversive rupture, playful artifice, and surreal juxtaposition, together with a completely new conception of the work of art as a material thing. Collage quickly became essential to the idea of the modern, leaving its mark on almost every art movement since, from Dada and Constructivism, via Surrealism, Pop, and Situationism, to the digital techniques of today.
This book, the first comprehensive survey of the technique, explores in full the theoretical implications and political messages behind the work of the past century, explaining how the process was intimately linked to other revolutions in art practice. It covers the many offshoots of collage, including assemblage, montage, photomontage, and décollage. Along the way it outlines a new vision of modern art springing from this most simple and democratic of techniques. 206 illustrations, 91 in color.
In this comprehensive new work, Taylor (history of art, Univ. of Southampton, U.K.), who has written on Russian art (Art and Literature Under the Bolsheviks) and contemporary art (Art Today), expertly chronicles the history of collage as an art form, beginning with a 1908 work by Picasso titled The Dream (not strictly a collage, but which used a found object "in a manner that was substantially new in art") and ending with digital and computer collage of the 21st century. He critically examines works by Picasso, Braque, Arp, Max Ernst, Mir , Motherwell, Pollock, Raushenberg, and many other artists, placing collage in the context of an array of modern art movements-among them Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism-as well as its social, cultural, and political milieus. A masterful and lavishly illustrated landmark survey-the first to cover the history of collage in this much depth-this is highly recommended for all art collections.-Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.