"This is the most comprehensive presentation of modern art to date. In it, through word and image, the story of art-history-in-the-making is told. It is a magnificent story, reaffirming the past century as one of the great ages of art and architecture. The book is intended for the student and the general reader who wants to know where modern art came from, how it has developed, why it has taken the forms it has taken, how it continues and how it differs from earlier art; and, most important, how to look at it with understanding and enjoyment. It deals with new attitudes toward the materials of art and architecture, new expressive and aesthetic aims, new concepts of use and function in the arts, and new ways to involve the viewer or, in the case of architecture, the user."