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Defining over 400 terms and phrases that have recently entered discourse on the visual arts, this is the first reference book specializing in explaining and applying theoretical terminology in contemporary art. Since the early 1970s, the vocabulary used to discuss visual art has expanded radically, leaving many teachers, students, artists, and critics without the accurate definitions necessary for fruitful discourse on contemporary culture. This glossary not only serves as a dictionary but as a guide to current ...

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Overview

Defining over 400 terms and phrases that have recently entered discourse on the visual arts, this is the first reference book specializing in explaining and applying theoretical terminology in contemporary art. Since the early 1970s, the vocabulary used to discuss visual art has expanded radically, leaving many teachers, students, artists, and critics without the accurate definitions necessary for fruitful discourse on contemporary culture. This glossary not only serves as a dictionary but as a guide to current theory and criticism of visual art and culture. Terms can be accessed alphabetically or thematically; the significant cross referencing makes this an easy dictionary to use.

Many contemporary art terms have been borrowed from other disciplines or are traditionally employed in the visual arts but have been adapted for use in the contemporary art world and have therefore been assigned specific or specialized applications. These loan terms have increased the likelihood for confusion between old and new definitions, so where possible the authors have applied the terms to works of art or some aspect of visual culture. Most art glossaries and dictionaries concentrate primarily on artistic production in the visual arts—movements, styles, and names. As a complement to these types of works, this glossary of theoretical terms is essential for anyone studying contemporary visual arts and visual culture in general.

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A key to the tangle of jargon that has engulfed the contemporary history, theory, and criticism of visual art and culture. The more than 400 terms and phrases include traditional terminology as well as neologisms and terms newly applied to the field. Among them are avant- garde, fantasmatic, masculine desire, and semiurgy. Many of them are common English words with peculiar meanings, but others, especially foreign words and names, could have used a guide to their pronunciation. Well cross-referenced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313292729
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1997
  • Pages: 168
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS PATIN is Assistant Professor of History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Visual Culture at Ohio University.

JENNIFER McLERRAN is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface

List of Entries by Topic

The Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Index

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