High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture (The Modern Museum of Art, 1991), by Kirk Vardenoe and Adam Gopnik and published to accompany a major exhibition, gives a fresh account of the history and language of modern art.
By pursuing the internal histories of the popular culture that modern artists encountered, we can see, with a new clarity, the ways in which those artists have been inspired by the innovations of masters of ‘low’ art: we can also discover the surprising, imaginative inventions that modern artists have made form anonymous vernaculars. From subtle rearrangements, like those Roy Lichtenstein worked upon his comic-book sources, through stranger transformations, like Joan Miró’s creation of Surrealist fantasies from printed advertisements, the more than 600 illustrations in this book capture our century’s culture in all its unpredictable vitality.
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with art images, drawings, cartoons, photographs, and other visual material.
Please also take a look at the separate Readings in High & Low publication related to this exhibition.
Our copy in stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the binding is fine except for the front cover which has started to fracture at the binding. The dust-jacket has some signs of shelf wear and use, and it is slightly toned.