© 1999

Modernism in Art, Design and Architecture

  • Authors
  • Attractively and unusually broad analysis, covering painting, architecture, design, and art and cultural theory all in one volume
    Twentieth century art and culture the focus of the book attract considerable attention and debate (e.g. the 'Sensation' exhibition at the Royal Academy)
    Clear, down-to-earth style of writing

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 1-9
  3. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 10-28
  4. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 92-111
  5. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 112-138
  6. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 139-161
  7. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 162-179
  8. Christopher Crouch
    Pages 180-186
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 187-204

About this book


This book introduces the ideas of Modernism and their post-modern evolution in a clear and engaging argument that links the development of visual culture to the social and political conditions in which it is produced. It established the key critical terms of reference before taking the reader through the evolution of this century's visual culture in a wide-ranging and approachable way.

It was the cultural processes of the Enlightenment and the subsequent development of industrial cultures that informed the early ideas of Modernism and gave us our world of rapid communication, fast cars and cities filled with skyscrapers and consumer goods. It also gave us a world in which environmental disaster looms and there the cultural legacy of European colonialisation has still to be unravelled. The post-industrial, post-modern world of the internet and virtual reality is challenging the mono-culture of Modernism, and celebrates cultural diversity and multiplicity. But our new age has cultural problems that also need unpacking - in a world of many voices, whose voice now directs visual culture? The much lauded individual's or that of trans-national corporations?

Art, design and architecture do not exist in a vacuum, they are formed by the cultures from which they emerge. This book examines the way in which visual culture reflects its conceptual and physical origins in elite, and mass, cultural practices.


architecture design individual Modernism postmodernism realism visual arts

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER CROUCH is an artist and writer. He co-ordinates Visual Art Theory at the Western Australian School of Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Modernism in Art, Design and Architecture
  • Authors Christopher Crouch
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-64284-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-64285-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27058-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 204
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Arts
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