Documents of Contemporary Art

Author: Sven Spieker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780854882588

Category: Destruction art

Page: 240

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The effects and meanings of destruction are central to the work of many of our most influential artists. Since the early 1960s, artists have employed destruction to creative ends. Here destruction changes from a negative state or passive condition to a highly productive category. The destructive subversion of media imagery aims to release us from its controlling effects. The self-destructing artwork extinguishes art's fixity as arrested form and ushers in the ephemeral and contingent 'open work.'00This anthology explores artworks that convey the threat of destruction an how they have disrupted the perceived integrity of built structures and institutions. Artistic acts of iconoclasm or risk to the self have raised consciousness of authoritarian oppression. More understated works explore the theme of destruction in armed conflict, media violence, and threats to the environment. These text make up the first collection to be focused systematically on destruction in modern and contemporary art.

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art

A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings

Author: Kristine Stiles,Peter Selz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520202511

Category: Art

Page: 1003

View: 9646


Enth. u. a.: S. 74: Concrete art (1936-49) / Max Bill. - S. 74-77: The mathematical approach in contemporary art (1949) / Max Bill. - S. 301-304: Dieter Roth.

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq

Author: Peter G. Stone,Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly,Robert Fisk

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843833840

Category: Social Science

Page: 319

View: 7619


An important study of the treatment of cultural property, and cultural heritage in general, in all modern theatres of conflict.

The Destruction of Art

Iconoclasm and Vandalism Since the French Revolution

Author: Dario Gamboni

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861893167

Category: Art

Page: 416

View: 7299


"This is the first comprehensive examination of modern iconoclasm. Dario Gamboni looks at deliberate attacks carried out - by institutions as well as individuals - on paintings, buildings, sculptures and other works of art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Truly international in scope, "The Destruction of Art" examines incidents, some comic and others disquieting, in the USA, France, the former Soviet Union and other eastern bloc states, Britain, Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere. Motivated in the first instance by the recent destruction of many monuments in Europe's former Communist states, which challenged the assumption that iconoclasm was truly a thing of the past, the author has discovered just how widespread the destruction of art is today, manifested in explicable and inexplicable vandalism, political protest and censorship of all sorts. Dario Gamboni examines the relationship between contemporary destructions of art, older forms of iconoclasm and the development of modern art. His analysis is illustrated by case studies from Europe and the United States, from Suffragette protests in London's National Gallery to the controversy surrounding the removal of Richard Serra's Tilted Arc in New York and the resultant debate on artists' moral rights. "The Destruction of Art" asks what iconoclasm can teach us about the place of works of art and material culture in society. The history of iconoclasm is shown to reflect, and to contribute to, the changing and conflicting definitions of art itself." -- BOOK JACKET.

Creative Enterprise

Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace

Author: Martha Buskirk

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441187235

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 7274


In the face of unparalleled growth and a truly global audience, the popularity of contemporary art has clearly become a double-edged affair. Today, an unprecedented number of museums, galleries, biennial-style exhibitions, and art fairs display new work in all its variety, while art schools continue to inject fresh talent onto the scene at an accelerated rate. In the process, however, contemporary art has become deeply embedded not only in an expanding art industry, but also the larger cultures of fashion and entertainment. Buskirk argues that understanding the dynamics of art itself cannot be separated from the business of presenting art to the public. As strategies of institutional critique have given way to various forms of collaboration or accommodation, both art and museum conventions have been profoundly altered by their ongoing relationship. The escalating market for contemporary art is another driving force. Even as art remains an idealized activity, it is also understood as a profession, and in increasingly obvious ways a business, particularly as practiced by star artists who preside over branded art product lines.

The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision

Media, Counterculture, Revolt

Author: T. Brown,A. Lison

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113737523X

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 828


Despite the explosion of interest in the "global 1968," the arts in this period - both popular and avant-garde forms - have too often been neglected. This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars in history, cultural studies, musicology and other areas to explore the symbiosis of the sonic and the visual in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Refractions of Violence

Author: Martin Jay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136730443

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 7645


A new collection of essays by the internationally recognized cultural critic and intellectual historian Martin Jay that revolves around the themes of violence and visuality, with essays on the Holocaust and virtual reality, religious violence, the art world, and the Unicorn Killer, among a wide range of other topics.


Author: Brian Dillon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780854881932

Category: Aesthetics

Page: 237

View: 6792


Ruins is one of a series documenting major themes and ideas in contemporary art.


A History of Walking

Author: Rebecca Solnit

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199558

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 9623


A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of Men Explain Things to Me Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.