An introduction to the intellectual movement known as Postmodernism and its impact on the visual arts.
While the terms and theories of Postmodernism do not make easy reading, this little book presents an excellent overall introduction to the art of the last quarter of the 20th century. Heartney, a freelance journalist and art commentator, tackles neo-expressionism, the "anti-aesthetes," "commodity critics," "postmodern feminism," and "postmodern multiculturalism." For each trend or movement, the author describes the underlying philosophy of the artists and presents and explains one work for each artist mentioned. The illustrations, all in color, are plentiful. Heartney is not an apologist for Postmodernism. She seems somewhat relieved that the era may have drawn to a close. She is, however, very respectful of the various artistic stances she presents. Her text is a helpful guide to a somewhat confusing period in art history. (Movements in Modern Art) KLIATT Codes: SARecommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Cambridge Univ. Press, 80p. illus. bibliog. index., $15.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Brookline, MA , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)