Art in Modern Culture

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The traditional discipline of art history has been expanded and challenged by new insights and alternative perspectives, resulting in a series of wide-ranging debates on the status of art and its role in culture and history. This reader for the Open University's course, 'Modern Art: Practices and Debates', presents a radical selection of key texts. These include classic works from the 1930s to the 1960s alongside contemporary writings, introducing the reader to the whole range of issues on which critics and art ...
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Overview

The traditional discipline of art history has been expanded and challenged by new insights and alternative perspectives, resulting in a series of wide-ranging debates on the status of art and its role in culture and history. This reader for the Open University's course, 'Modern Art: Practices and Debates', presents a radical selection of key texts. These include classic works from the 1930s to the 1960s alongside contemporary writings, introducing the reader to the whole range of issues on which critics and art historians have focused.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714828404
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 10
Introductory texts 16
1 Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age 17
2 When Was Modernism? 23
3 Vision, Voice and Power: Feminist Art History and Marxism 28
4 Politics and the Intelligentsia 32
5 The Painting of Modern Life 40
6 On the Problem of the Autonomy of Art in Bourgeois Society 51
7 Aesthetics and Politics 64
8 Art, Autonomy and Mass Culture 74
9 On Non-Objective Painting 80
10 Abstract Expressionism, Weapon of the Cold War 82
11 Capitalism, Modernism and Postmodernism 91
12 Preliminaries to a Possible Treatment of 'Olympia' in 1865 105
13 Modernity and the Spaces of Femininity 121
14 Orientalism 136
15 Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti 145
16 Mapping 160
17 The Love of Art 174
18 Defining 'Impressionism' and the 'Impression' 181
19 The Intransigent Artist or How the Impressionists Got Their Name 189
20 The 'Primitive' Unconscious of Modern Art 199
21 In the Name of Picasso 210
22 Figures of Authority, Ciphers of Regression 222
23 The New Adventures of the Avant-Garde in America 239
24 Greenberg and The Group: A Retrospective View 252
25 Minimalism and the Rhetoric of Power 264
26 The Museum of Modern Art: The Past's Future 282
27 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 297
28 Modernist Painting 308
29 'The Works of Art Themselves'? 315
30 Literalism and Abstraction 319
31 Painting: The Task of Mourning 326
32 Postmodernism and the 'Politics' of Style 331
Index 342
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