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Hardcover Verified download. This book is a great resource for curious artists and non-artists alike. It's got so many great ideas and concepts presented in the chapter prefaces, while it doesn't go into a great deal of depth on each one, it is ample for general study and a great starting point for organization of an in depth personal study plan.

The interviews and artist writings are compelling and enlightening. I haven't read through the entire book yet, but find myself anxious to get back to it after having set it down. The only thing that could've made it any better would be to have color reproductions of genre examples and each artist's work.

It's helpful and enjoyable to link the concepts and ideas presented to the work. Overall, great book! Glad I downloadd the hardcover as I know I'll be hanging on to this one for years to come.

Paperback Verified download. This is weighty tome is a treasure trove of interviews and writing by some of the worlds top contemporary artists.

I could spend years reading this thing - it's amazing. No artist orserious contemporary art fan should be without this text. This book is dense, with very thin pages, so you must treat it well.

This book is put together so well. If you are a practicing artist this a must read. A very comprehensive and competent anthology of source texts about modern art. In many cases, it differs from the previous anthologies in terms of geography and problems. In other contexts—particularly on the periphery—the horizon of contemporaneity tends to be narrower, usually defined as appearing in the early s and associated with the rise of the postcolonial debate, the collapse of the Euro-American monopoly over the narrative of modernism, or the end of the Cold War.

However, as is usually the case with chronological categories, this neutrality may soon unfold into a noun with a certain substance. There are at least two senses in which the contemporariness of artistic culture involves a poignant turn. There is the blatant immediacy of the relationship between a contemporary practice and its host society, and then there is its integration into a critical apparatus. Never since the advent of historical relativism at the end of the eighteenth century has the art of the day had a less contentious social reception.

Claims concerning the esoteric nature of contemporary art in the West mostly derive from the density of theoretical discourse on the topic—discourse that actually operates on the basis of practices that involve a certain level of general legibility.

It may well be that one of the main characteristics of contemporary art is to always demand, at least, a double reception: first as part of general culture, and later as an attempt at sophisticated theoretical recuperation. Nonetheless, the fact that contemporary practices are linked to a hypertrophy of discourse that tries to mobilize them against the grain of their social currency is itself an indication of the extent to which contemporary art is an integrated culture that makes use of widely available referents, involving poetic operations that are closely linked to the historical sensibility of the day.

It is the interlocking of extreme popularity and the rarefaction of criticism and theory that define this phenomenon. Graffiti on the National Gallery of Art. Courtesy the author. The question of the death of the avant-garde ought to be reformulated to account for this institutionalization of the contemporary.

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art

As we all know, the schism between the project of modern subjectivity and the modern bourgeois subject was defined in historical terms as consisting of advances, regressions, re-enactments, futurities, and anachronism, and summarized in the politics of the avant-garde, with all the militaristic implications of the term. In any case, the temporal dislocation characteristic of both modernism and the avant-garde—the way the art of the day constantly defied the notion of a synchronic present not limited to the chronological trope of the avant, which encompasses any number of other historical folds, from the theme of primitivism to the negotiations with obsolescence and the ruin, the refusal of the chronology of industrial labor, and so forth —seems to have finally found some closure.

In a compelling and scary form, modern capitalist society finally has an art that aligns with the audience, with the social elites that finance it, and with the academic industry that serves as its fellow traveler.

In this sense art has become literally contemporary, thanks to its exorcism of aesthetic alienation and the growing integration of art into culture. When, by the millions, the masses vote with their feet to attend contemporary art museums, and when a number of cultural industries grow up around the former citadel of negativity, fine art is replaced by something that already occupies an intermediary region between elite entertainment and mass culture.

The hunger to be part of the global art calendar has more to do with the hope of keeping up with the frenzy of time than with any actual aesthetic pursuit or interest. But given the lack of historical occasions which could represent an opportunity to experience the core of our era—pivotal revolutionary moments of significant social change or upheaval—a participation in the eternal renewal of the contemporary might not be completely misguided, for it at least invokes a longing for the specter of an enthusiasm that asks for more than just the newest technological gadget.

Javier Tellez, One flew over the void, When we read these images in needlework, in paintings, in quilts, rugs and scrapbooks, we sometimes find a cry for help, sometimes an allusion to a secret political alignment, sometimes a moving symbol about the relationships between men and women.

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Pages with related products. House of Stratus; New Edition edition 12 Jan It inexorably alters the person or thing by in one of its few used book stores. How to Write About Contemporary Art. I have found it interesting to read what many different artists considered important at approximately the same time.