ARTS & CULTURE
02/13/2013 08:11 am ET Updated Feb 13, 2013

'Isms: Understanding Modern Art' Book From Rizzoli Helps Reader Discover Historical Movements (PHOTOS)

"A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself," Ferris proclaims in the film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Young Bueller might have been talking about Fascism, but the same holds true for art. How do you really fit the nuanced meanings of any artwork into the categories of Impressionism, Cubism or Futurism? Rizzoli's new book, "...Isms: Understanding Modern Art" by Sam Phillips attempts to do just that.

Phillips is also the author of "The Art Lovers' Guide: London," and in it's own way, "Isms…Understanding Modern Art" is also like an introduction to a foreign country -- with its own history, periods, and culture. Like a tour guide pointing out the highlights of a previously unknown city, Phillips takes us through the major and minor movements in art, contextulizing them a history that runs from the early 19th century to today.

"...Isms: Understanding Modern Art" will be available on March 19. Take a look at the slideshow below and let us know your favorite "ism" in the comments section.

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...Isms: Understanding Modern Art

Correction: A previous version of this article listed "Contemporary" instead of "Modern" art in the third paragraph. We regret the error.

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