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New Interventions in Art History #4: After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance

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It has recently become apparent that criticism has fallen on hard times. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches which have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a 'theatrical turn' in recent visual arts practice, and the emergence of a 'performative' arts writing over the past decade or so.

Issues addressed include the 'performing' of art's histories; the consequences for criticism of embracing boredom, distraction and other 'queer' forms of (in)attention; and the importance of exploring writerly process in responding to aesthetic experience. Bringing together newly commissioned work from the fields of art history, performance studies, and visual culture with the writings of contemporary artists, After Criticism provides a set of experimental essays which demonstrate how 'the critical' might live on as a vital and efficacious force within contemporary culture.

Synopsis:

It has recently become apparent that criticism is in trouble. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches that have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a theatrical turn in recent visual arts practice and the emergence of a performative arts writing over the past decade or so.

Issues addressed include the performing of art's histories; the consequences for criticism of embracing boredom, distraction, and other “queer” forms of (in)attention; and the importance of exploring writerly process in responding to aesthetic experience. Bringing together newly commissioned work from the fields of art history, performance studies, and visual culture with the writings of contemporary artists, After Criticism provides a set of experimental essays that demonstrate how the critical might live on as a vital and efficacious force within contemporary culture.

About the Author

Gavin Butt teaches in the Unit of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests encompass performance and performativity in the visual arts; queer theory; and queer cultures and their histories. He is the author of a book on gossip and homosexuality entitled Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the American Art World 1948–1963 (2005).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

Series Editor’s Preface.

Introduction: The Paradoxes of Criticism. (Gavin Butt).

Part I: Performing Art’s Histories.

1. Solo Solo Solo. (Rebecca Schneider).

2. Binding to Another’s Wound: Of Weddings and Witness. (Jane Blocker).

3. This Is I. (Niru Ratnam).

Part II: Distracted and Bored: The Critic Looks Elsewhere.

4. The Trouble with Men, or, Sex, Boredom, and the Work of Vaginal Davis. (Jennifer Doyle).

5. Utopia’s Seating Chart: Ray Johnson, Jill Johntson and Queer Intermedia as System. (José Esteban Muñoz).

6. Looking Away: Participations in Visual Culture. (Irit Rogoff).

Part III: Critical Response/Performative Process.

7. Itinerant Improvisations: from ‘My Favorite Things’ to an ‘agency of night’. (John Seth).

8. A transparent lecture. (Matthew Goulish).

9. The Experience of Art as a Living Through of Language. (Kate Love).

Bibliography.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631232841
Editor:
Butt, Gavin
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Editor:
Butt, Gavin
Author:
Butt, Gavin
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Art criticism
Subject:
Performance art
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art History & Criticism
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
New Interventions in Art History
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , It has recently become apparent that criticism is in trouble. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches that have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a theatrical turn in recent visual arts practice and the emergence of a performative arts writing over the past decade or so.

Issues addressed include the performing of art's histories; the consequences for criticism of embracing boredom, distraction, and other “queer” forms of (in)attention; and the importance of exploring writerly process in responding to aesthetic experience. Bringing together newly commissioned work from the fields of art history, performance studies, and visual culture with the writings of contemporary artists, After Criticism provides a set of experimental essays that demonstrate how the critical might live on as a vital and efficacious force within contemporary culture.

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