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Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Artby Howard Risatti
Synopses & Reviews
Exploring the relationship between contemporary art, culture, and society, this book offers non-specialists a guide to the general structure and focus of Postmodern critical discourse, preparing them to understand the origins, theories, and interrelated ideas of Postmodern art and art criticism within a broader social and political context. Organizes material into six groups of essays—each centering around a specific idea/issue and delineating the main philosophical, theoretical, and critical approaches that have shaped criticism in the Postmodern period. Provides an introductory essay before each group explaining the origin, contextual background, and central issue of the topic, followed by a series of articles reprinted from various sources. Presents the ideas and readings chronologically, showing their interrelationships. Discusses issues of minority, quality, cultural dominance, feminism as a model for the marginality argument, and the museum as a site of cultural representation. For art historians.
Book News Annotation:
Reprints 20 essays to serve as a guide for general readers to the overall structure and focus of Postmodern critical discourse and the relationship between contemporary art, culture, and society. They cover art and aesthetics in late modernism and the formalist debate, the ideological critique of art and society, the cognitive and communicative structure of art, feminist criticism, psychoanalytical criticism and art, and marginality and the other.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
I. ART AND AESTHETICS: LATE MODERNISM AND THE FORMALIST DEBATE.
1. Clement Greenberg, Modernist Painting.
2. T.J. Clark, Clement Greenberg's Theory of Art.
3. Michael Fried, How Modernism Works: A Response to T.J. Clark.
4. Jürgen Habermas, Modernity versus Postmodernity.
II. ART AND SOCIETY: IDEOLOGICAL CRITICISM.
5. Lucy R. Lippard, Sex and Death and Shock and Schlock: A Long Review of "The Times Square Show."
6. Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Since Realism There Was....
7. Hilton Kramer, Turning Back the Clock: Art and Politics in 1984.
8. Donald B. Kuspit, Crowding the Picture: Notes on American Activist Art Today.
III. COGNITIVE AND COMMUNICATIVE STRUCTURE OF ART.
9. Douglas Crimp, The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism.
10. Thomas Lawson, Last Exit: Painting.
11. Hal Foster, Signs Taken for Wonders.
IV. FEMINIST CRITICISM.
12. Craig Owens, The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism.
13. Kate Linker, Eluding Definition.
14. Maureen Turim, What is Sexual Difference?
V. PSYCHOANALYTICAL CRITICISM AND ART.
15. Ellen Handler Spitz, An Insubstantial Pageant Faded: A Psychoanalytic Epitaph for New York City Subway Car Graffiti.
16. Mary Mathews Gedo, An Autobiography in the Shape of Alabama: The Art of Roger Brown.
17. Donald B. Kuspit, Artist Envy.
VI. MARGINALITY AND THE OTHER.
18. Thelma Golden, "What's White...?"
19. Eleanor Heartney, Identity Politics at the Whitney.
20. Jennie Klein, Circumventing the Center: Identity Politics and Marginalization.
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