David Cottington’s short introduction to modern art published in Persian
TEHRAN – “Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction” by British author David Cottington has been published in Persian.
Mahi is the publisher of the book translated into Persian by Ahmadreza Taqa.
Public interest in modern art continues to grow, as evidenced by the spectacular successes of the Tate Modern in London and the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
“Modern Art: A Very Short Primer” engages general readers, not only offering information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history.
The book focuses on interrogating the idea of modern art by asking questions such as: what makes a work of art qualify as modern or not? How was this selection made? What is the relationship between modern and contemporary art? Is postmodern art no longer modern, or simply more modernist? In both cases, why – and what does this statement mean, both for art and for the idea of the modern?
Cottington examines many key aspects of this subject, including the issue of controversy in modern art, from Manet’s Déjeuner sur L’Herbe (1863) to Picasso’s Demoiselles, and Tracey Emin’s Bed (1999).
It also looks at the role of the dealer from the leading Cubist art dealer Kahnweiler to Charles Saatchi.
The book is part of the “Very Short Introductions” series which offers an introduction to some of life’s most interesting topics.
Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the best contemporary thinking on central issues and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, from quantum theory to Islam.
Photo: Cover of the Persian translation of “Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction” by David Cottington.