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An essential guide for everyone interested in culture and creativity in the digital world. The impact of digital technology has radically transformed traditional activities such as painting and sculpture, while entirely new forms, such as net art, digital installation, and virtual reality, have emerged as recognized artistic practices. Digital artists themselves are often pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and exploring some of the most urgent social and political issues facing humankind today. The first major illustrated survey of the field, Art of the Digital Age presents the work of over one hundred artists from around the world. Following an introduction that traces the history of digital art, the book goes on to consider its diverse genres, from digital imaging, installation, and animation to software and net art. Each chapter illustrates key works by both established and emerging figures, while personal statements from the artists offer revealing insights into their inspirations and methods. A comprehensive reference section that includes a year-by-year timeline of breakthroughs in digital art, an extensive bibliography, a list of artists’ websites and online projects, and a glossary of digital terms complete this indispensable assessment of art in the new millennium.

Copyright Bruce Wands, 2006, 233 pages, 232 illustrations, 218 in color.