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This ambitious reference work charts the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.

Dual chronological and thematic coverage of the major issues enables the reader to engage with multiple perspectives on current art movements and conceptual issues, and to consider future directions in the field. Topics covered include culture wars, public space, diaspora, new technologies, the artist, identity politics, the body, poststructuralism, and visual culture. The Companion also covers debates central to contemporary art practice and theory such as those addressing formalism, the avant-garde, and the society of the spectacle.

Bringing together leading cultural critics and scholars from art history and allied fields to comment on the crucial historical and theoretical issues and debates that have conditioned our understanding of the contemporary visual arts, this volume offers new approaches toward the analysis of the visual arts in general. A stellar reference work, it is written for students and scholars of contemporary visual culture, art history, and visual theory, as well as the general reader interested in the development of this interdisciplinary field.

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Jones (history of art, U. of Manchester) has gathered cultural critics and scholars from art history and related fields to comment on the historical and theoretical debates central to contemporary arts. The contributors discuss such topics as culture wars, public space, diaspora, new technologies, formalism, the avant-garde and the society of the spectacle. The volume as a whole allows readers to engage with multiple perspectives on current art movements and to consider future directions in the field. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This ambitious reference work charts the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.

Synopsis:

A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 is an ambitious survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.

Synopsis:

A Companion to Contemporary Art is a major survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.

  • Collects 27 original essays by expert scholars describing the current state of scholarship in art history and visual studies, and pointing to future directions in the field.

  • Contains dual chronological and thematic coverage of the major themes in the art of our time: politics, culture wars, public space, diaspora, the artist, identity politics, the body, and visual culture.

  • Offers synthetic analysis, as well as new approaches to, debates central to the visual arts since 1945 such as those addressing formalism, the avant-garde, the role of the artist, technology and art, and the society of the spectacle.

About the Author

Amelia Jones is Pilkington Professor in the History of Art at the University of Manchester. She has curated many exhibitions and is the author of Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (1994), Body Art/Performing the Subject (1998), and Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada (2004).

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.

Series Editor’s Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Introduction.

1. Writing Contemporary Art into History, a Paradox?: Amelia Jones (University of Manchester).

Part II: Decades.

1945-1960.

2. ‘America’ and its Discontents: Art and Politics 1945-1960: Gavin Butt (Goldsmiths College).

1960-1970.

3. ‘1960-1970’: A Decade Out-of-Bounds: Anna Dezeuze (University of Manchester).

1970-1980.

4. ‘I’m sort of sliding around in place… ummm…’: Art in the 1970s: Sam Gathercole (University of Essex).

1980-1990.

5. Pictures and Positions in the 1980s: Howard Singerman (University of Virginia).

1990-2004.

6. 1990-2004: In the Clutches of Time: Henry M. Sayre (Oregon State University).

Part III: Aesthetics.

Formalism.

7. Form and Formless: Caroline A. Jones (MIT).

Art as Idea.

8. Re-Thinking the ‘Duchamp Effect’: David Hopkins (University of Glasgow).

Beauty.

9. Regarding Beauty: Margaret Morgan.

Part IV: Politics.

Avant-Garde.

10. Avant-Garde: A Historiography of a Critical Concept: Johanne Lamoureux (Université de Montréal).

Activism.

11. Facture for Change: U.S. Activist Art since 1950: Jennifer González (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Adrienne Posner (University of California, Santa Cruz).

Culture Wars.

12. ‘The Senators Were Revolted’: Homophobia and the Culture Wars: Jonathan D. Katz (State University of New York at Stony.

Brook).

Art and Its Public(s).

13. Crowds and Connoisseurs: Art and the Public Sphere in America: Grant Kester (University of California, San Diego).

Part V: Identity/ Subjectivity.

The Artist.

14. The Writerly Artist: Beautiful, Boring and Blue: Carol Mavor (University of North Carolina).

Diaspora.

15. Diaspora: Multiple Practices, Multiple Worldviews: Steven Nelson (UCLA).

Feminism.

16.Power and Pleasure: Feminist Art Practice and Theory in the United States and Britain: Laura Meyer (California State University, Fresno).

Queer.

17. Queer Wallpaper: Jennifer Doyle (University of California, Riverside).

Race/ Ethnicity.

18. Ethnicity: Alternative Black Art theories in Contemporary Art: Pauline de Souza (University of East London).

Embodiment.

19. The Paradoxical Bodies of Contemporary Art: Christine Ross (McGill University).

Part VI: Methods/ Theories.

Marxism.

20. A Shadow of Marx: Neil Cummings (Chelsea College of Art and Design) and Marysia Lewandowska(Konstfack, Stockholm).

Poststructuralism.

21. Postructuralism and Contemporary Art, Past, Present, Future…:Sarah Wilson (University of London).

Postcolonial Theory.

22. ‘Fragments of Collapsing Space’: Postcolonial Theory and Contemporary Art.

Mark Crinson (University of Manchester).

Visual Culture.

23. Visual Culture Studies: Questions of History, Theory, and Practice: Marquard Smith (Kingston University).

Part VII: Technology.

Mass Culture, High/Low.

24. ‘That's All Folks’: Contemporary Art and Popular Culture: Nick Mirzoeff (New York University).

Photography/Index.

25. Image + Text: Reconsidering Photography in Contemporary Art: Liz Kotz (University of Minnesota).

Spectacle/Appropriation.

26. Imagine There’s No Image (It’s Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Dore Bowen (California College of the Arts).

Digital Media.

27. ‘Life-like’: Historizing Process and Responsiveness in Digital Art: María Fernández (Cornell University).

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405135429
Author:
Jones, Amelia
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- History.
Subject:
Art, Modern - 21st century - History
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Art History & Criticism
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Art History
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
648
Dimensions:
9.60x6.82x1.32 in. 2.85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 is an ambitious survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.
"Synopsis" by , A Companion to Contemporary Art is a major survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.

  • Collects 27 original essays by expert scholars describing the current state of scholarship in art history and visual studies, and pointing to future directions in the field.

  • Contains dual chronological and thematic coverage of the major themes in the art of our time: politics, culture wars, public space, diaspora, the artist, identity politics, the body, and visual culture.

  • Offers synthetic analysis, as well as new approaches to, debates central to the visual arts since 1945 such as those addressing formalism, the avant-garde, the role of the artist, technology and art, and the society of the spectacle.

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