Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions

Overview

Our understanding of art has undergone several major upheavals in the last thirty years. Postmodernism and mass media began the process of disruption in the 1980s. The explosion in the use of digital technologies since the 1990s has radically altered the way art is now created, perceived and made available. The recent shift towards regarding art as part of a broader “visual culture” has torn art theory from its roots in art history and placed it in the context of ...

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Overview

Our understanding of art has undergone several major upheavals in the last thirty years. Postmodernism and mass media began the process of disruption in the 1980s. The explosion in the use of digital technologies since the 1990s has radically altered the way art is now created, perceived and made available. The recent shift towards regarding art as part of a broader “visual culture” has torn art theory from its roots in art history and placed it in the context of anthropological, cultural and media theory.

Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions explores what art in its broadest sense—from Aboriginal work to the Western art market, from the role of museums to new media interactivity, from the mainstream to the radical—means today. This provocative book will be invaluable to students, practicing artists and general readers alike.

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“Chock-full of interesting bits of information, this primer to the art world covers much ground with agility. Artists interested in learning what they need to know to sound intelligent should start here.  Each of the ten chapters is chronologically wide-ranging, an opportunity for digressions centered on ‘vignettes about how works of art have been received.’ Yet that is something of an understatement: this portrait of present habits of thought is itself provocative. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers.” — CHOICE

"Adam Geczy is one of the most gifted art writers in years. Thoughtfully, humorously, and with tremendous insight, he traverses a whole range of intellectual disciples to explore the uses and purposes of art and what distinguish it from other phenomena. An original book and highly readable."—Benjamin Genocchio, Art Critic, New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845207007
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Geczy is an artist, a critic, co-editor of What is Installation? and co-author of Reframing Art.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• 1. Ritual
• 2. Writing
• 3. Imaging
• 4. Gazing
• 5. Media
• 6. Style
• 7. Pleasure
• 8. Money
• 9. Display
• 10. Agency
• Conclusion

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