A to Z great modern artists

Andy Tuohy

Book - 2015

A fun introduction to the world of modern artists, from Albers to Zox, via Basquiat, Kahlo, Warhol and more.

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London : Cassell Illustrated 2015.
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
224 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Main Author
Andy Tuohy (artist)
Other Authors
Christopher Masters (writer of added commentary)
  • Josef Albers
  • Francis Bacon
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Georges Braque
  • Marc Chagall
  • Giorgio de Chirico
  • Saloua Raouda Choucair
  • Salvador Dalí
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Ibrahim El-Salahi
  • Max Ernst
  • Lucian Freud
  • Alberto Giacometti
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • David Hockney
  • Edward Hopper
  • Maqbool Fida Husain
  • Robert Indiana
  • Jasper Johns
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Wassily Kandinsky
  • Paul Klee
  • Yayoi Kusama
  • Fernand Léger
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • René Magritte
  • Henri Matisse
  • Joan Miró
  • Amedeo Modigliani
  • Piet Mondrian
  • Henry Moore
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Sidney Nolan
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Jackson Pollock
  • Marc Quinn
  • Aleksandr Rodchenko
  • Mark Rothko
  • Kurt Schwitters
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Vladimir Tatlin
  • Cy Twombly
  • Maurice Utrillo
  • Bill Viola
  • Andy Warhol
  • Brett Whiteley
  • Zhang Xiaogang
  • Jirō Yoshihara
  • Larry Zox.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Graphic designer Tuohy and art historian Masters introduce readers to the work of 52 modernists whom they deem to have had "a profound and lasting impact on the art world." The book's sleek design features pop art-inspired portraits of each artist with bright colors and crisp lines, often with a nod to the individual's artistic style. Tuohy's Basquiat is a boxy take on the artist's famous self-portrait; Giacometti is depicted with the same "slender, attenuated proportions" of his sculptural subjects; and Pollock is drawn with a paint can for a head. Masters provides brief commentary, noting the artists' biographies, influences, affiliations, methods, and major works, with accompanying fun facts like Duchamp's penchant for chess and Klee's early career as a violinist. The authors mostly cover heavy hitters like Chagall, Dalí, Hopper, and Kahlo, occasionally widening the spectrum globally with artists such as Lebanese painter and sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair, Sudanese painter Ibrahim El-Salahi, and the "Pablo Picasso of ," Maqbool Fida Husain. This is a quick and fun primer of Modernism's greats, though light on the art itself, with only one or two small prints of each artist's work; and of the 52 artists represented, there are only six women. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—This compact introduction to modern art covers 52 different figures, chosen for their "profound and lasting impact on the world." The entries are arranged alphabetically, with at least one artist for each letter. Accompanied by graphic-style portraits that simplify each artists' technique into its core stylistic elements, each profile includes a brief biography, reproductions of famous works, and "Where to See [Artist's] Work" and "Did You Know?" sidebars. Interestingly, Tuohy, who created all these portraits, is considered the book's author (he selected all the individuals and penned the preface). However, art historian Masters's encyclopedic articles are just as relevant as the images. He provides fascinating and thorough details, for instance, walking readers through the many artistic movements to which Piet Mondrian contributed. There are also mentions of the artists' personal lives, such as Jackson Pollock's alcoholism and Yayoi Kusama's "orgy parties." VERDICT A useful, portable guide.—Jessica Cline, New York Public Library [Page 145]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A fun introduction to the world of modern artists, from Albers to Zox, via Basquiat, Kahlo, Warhol and more.A striking, design-led reference book, A-Z Great Modern Artists features Andy Tuohy's portraits of 52 key modern artists, rendered in each artist's own characteristic style - including Aleksandr Rodchenko in trademark green and red, Andy Warhol as a classic repeated print, and Marc Quinn as a frozen blood head in a box.With text by art historian Christopher Masters, each artist's entry will also have a summary of the essential things you need to know about the artist; their biographical details, why they're so significant, where you can find their works today, and a surprising fact or two about them as well as reproductions of key works.Whether you're already an art expert, or looking for a helpful cheat to navigating around a gallery, you'll love this guide to global artists of the modern age. Andy Tuohy is a graphic designer and worked in advertising for many years before becoming a freelance artist/ designer. He has had design work commissioned by the Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool, Turner Contemporary and Henley Regatta, and has been featured in Design Week amongst other publications.