Why your five year old could not have done that

Susie Hodge

Kunst en cultuur

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A passionate and persuasive polemic against the most common disparaging remark levelled at contemporary art Modern art is not - and never has been - child's play. A five-year-old might succeed in executing a spin painting such as those of Damien Hirst without understanding the ideas that lie behind it or its place in the history of artistic endeavour, but it does not follow that this work would be of significance to artists and historians. In this enjoyable and thought-provoking book, Susie Hodge examines 100 works of modern art that have attracted critical and public hostility - from Cy Twombly's scribbled Olympia (1957), Jean-Michel Basquiat's crude but spontaneous LNAPRK (1982), to the apparently careless mess of Tracey Emin's My Bed (1998) - and shows how, far from being negligible novelties, they are inspired and logical extensions of the ideas of their time. She places each work in its cultural context to present an unforgettable vision of modern art in a book that will transform and inform your gallery visits for years to come.

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