The construction of a world history of art and its evolution is no easy feat. It has a history of submerging art scholars in a quagmire of critical debate.


However Art in Time claims no stature as the ultimate chronology of art. Instead it is a focused overview that narrows down and presents some 150 of the most established and influential schools and movements, spanning not just Western tradition but also styles from India, Japan, China, Latin America and Africa. Divided and colour-coded into respective time periods, art movements are integrated according to chronology, enabling a dynamic view of their development irrespective of their geography.

Beginning with the present and working back in time, the book’s focus is to orient readers to the interconnected histories of different movements and their influence to each other. With over 20 specialist contributors; including academics, curators and critics, the book is a holistic overview that links the evolution of art to the changing cultural, political and economic contexts. Marking the passage of art over time, the book guarantees a fresh outlook and perspective of the flux and change of art.

Author: Dianne Fortenberry
Publisher: Phaidon Press
RRP: $89.95

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