The Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms

Updated & Expanded Edition



ISBN: 9781849763998 Category:


How many times have you read the caption next to a work of art in a museum or gallery, or a review of an exhibition, and found yourself none the wiser? The language in which modern art is described can be even more mystifying than the art itself. Now, a fully updated and expanded edition of the acclaimed “Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms “offers a clear and reliable guide, with more than 450 pithy entries on the full range of international modern and contemporary art. Drawing on the expertise of Tate, the book provides an authoritative and up-to-date resource, small enough to fit into a bag or pocket. Spanning the dawn of Impressionism to the digital age, every term whether a theme, movement, medium, or technique is defined with clarity and precision. This is the perfect companion for all those wanting to increase their understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art. “

Additional information

Weight 467 g
Dimensions 13.8 x 21.4 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 May 2016
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Simon Wilson and Jessica Lack
Dimensions 13.8 x 21.4 cm
Weight 467 g


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Simon Wilson is former head of interpretation at Tate.

Jessica Lack is an arts writer for the Guardian.