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Contemporary Art: World Currents Hardcover / Edition 1
     

Contemporary Art: World Currents Hardcover / Edition 1

by Terry Smith, Edwin C. Rozwenc, Edward C. Martin
 

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ISBN-10: 0205034403

ISBN-13: 9780205034406

Pub. Date: 07/15/2011

Publisher: Pearson

Contemporary Art: World Currents is the first comprehensive worldwide survey of contemporary art from the 1980s to the present day.

Author Terry Smith argues that, in recent decades, a global shift from modern to contemporary art has occurred: artists everywhere have embraced the contemporary world’s teeming multiplicity, its

Overview

Contemporary Art: World Currents is the first comprehensive worldwide survey of contemporary art from the 1980s to the present day.

Author Terry Smith argues that, in recent decades, a global shift from modern to contemporary art has occurred: artists everywhere have embraced the contemporary world’s teeming multiplicity, its proliferating differences and its challenging complexities and new technologies. Alongside more than 350 carefully selected color images of key works, Terry Smith offers the first account of these changes, from their historical beginnings to the present day. Exploring key works by both well known
and little-known artists, the author shows how contemporary art achieved definitive force in the markets and museums of the major art centres during the 1980s and then became a global phenomenon as artworlds everywhere began to connect more closely: new communicative technologies and expanding social media are now shaping the future of art.

Contemporary Art: World Currents breaks new ground in tracing how modern, traditional and indigenous art became contemporary in each cultural region of the world, ranging across Western, East and Central Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa, and the Middle East. Terry Smith lays the groundwork for a new comparative approach to contemporary art, emphasizing its relationships to all aspects of contemporary life. He argues that it is cultural diversity and individual artistic inventiveness, not a convergence towards sameness, which makes today’s art contemporary.

Contemporary Art: World Currents brings the subject right up-todate, highlighting the concerns of contemporary artists while giving the reader an invaluable insight to art today.

Teaching and Learning Experience

Improve Critical Thinking- Explore how contemporary art has become a global, connected phenomenon

Engage Students- Looks at the work of contemporary artists from across the world.

Support Instructors- Image PowerPoints slides are available for Contemporary Art: World Currents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205034406
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
The People Make a Nation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
1,095,798
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:
1.) BRIEF
2.) COMPREHENSIVE


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part I Becoming Contemporary in Euroamerica

Chapter 1 Late Modern Art Becomes Contemporary 16

Chapter 2 The Contemporary Art Boom 44

Part II The Transnational Transition

Introduction 82

Chapter 3 Russia and (East of) Europe 84

Chapter 4 South and Central America, The Caribbean 116

Chapter 5 China and East Asia 150

Chapter 6 India, South and Southeast Asia174

Chapter 7 Oceania 196

Chapter 8 Africa 214

Chapter 9 West Asia 236

Part III Contemporary Concerns

Introduction 256

Chapter 10 World Pictures: Making Art Politically 258

Chapter 11 Climate Change: Art and Ecology 274

Chapter 12 Social Media: Affects fo Time 296

Chapter 13 Coda: Permanent Transition 316

Notes 327

Select Bibliography 334

A Directory of Selected Contemporary

Art Websites 340

Index 342

Picture Credits 346

Note of Thanks 348


COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments 7

General Introduction: Contemporary Art in Transition: From Late Modern Art to Now 8

Part I Becoming Contemporary in Euroamerica

Chapter 1 Late Modern Art Becomes Contemporary 16

Transformations in Late modern Art: Its Contemporary Aspects 19

Situationism, Gutai, Happenings: Art into Life/Life into Art 19

Pop: The Social Mirror, Refracted 24

The Object Materialized: Minimalism 27

Earthworks: Extending Sculpture’s Field 29

Conceptualism: Reconceiving Art Political Interventions: Direct Democracy, Body, Self, Sexuality 36

Chapter 2 The Contemporary Art Boom 44

The Postmodern Return to Figuration 46

The Two Germanys 46

Trauma of the Victimized 53

The Italian Transavantgarde 53

The American Scene Again 55

British Schools 56

Critical Postmodernism 58

Retro- Sensationalist Art 65

Remodernism in Sculpture and Photography 66

Big Photography 70

Spectacle Architecture as Contemporary Art 75

Contemporary Art Becomes a Style 79

Part II The Transnational Transition

Introduction 82

Chapter 3 Russia and (East of) Europe 84

Russia 85

Art under Late Socialism 86

Russian Art Becomes Contemporary 89

Late Cold War Modern Art Elsewhere (East of) Europe 91

Parodies of Official Imagery 93

Performance Art Tests the Limits 97

Czechoslovakia 100

Hungary 100

The Baltic Nations 103

After the Fall: Post-Communist Art? 105

Romania 106

The Breakup of Yugoslavia 110

Beyond "Eastern" and "Central" Versus "Western" Europe 113

Translating the European Ideal 114

Chapter 4 South and Central America, The Caribbean 116

South America 116

Argentina 121

Brazil 125

Colombia 135

Chile 137

Mexico 139

Cuba 139

Elsewhere in the Caribbean 144

Seeing the World's Currentsv149

Chapter 5 China and East Asia 150

China 150

Modern Chinese Art 151

Contemporary Chinese Art 152

Taiwan 169

Japan 169

Experimental Art in the 1950s to 1970s 169

Contemporary Art 169

Korea 171

Chapter 6 India, South and Southeast Asia174

India 174

Pakistan 180

Thailand 185

Indonesia 188

The Philipines 191

Chapter 7 Oceania 196

Papua New Guinea 196

Aotearoa/New Zealand 199

Australia 203

Chapter 8 Africa 214

Modern Art in Africa 215

South Africa Under Apartheid 216

Popular Painting and Sculpture in Central Africa 221

Commercial to Art Photography 227

South Africa After Apartheid 228

African Art Enters the International Circuit 235

Chapter 9 West Asia 236

Iraq 237

Jordan 238

Iran 241

Palestine 245

israel 249

From Hurufiyah to Contemporary Cosmopolitanism 253

Part III Contemporary Concerns

Introduction 256

Chapter 10 World Pictures: Making Art Politically 258

One World 259

Global Networks 260

Intervening Critically 264

Profiles in Shadowland 269

Bare labor 271

Chapter 11 Climate Change: Art and Ecology 274

Art and Enviromentalism 275

Crisis and Catastrophe 279

Collective Actions, Sustainable Solutions 282

Designs for Living 285

Experimental Geography 287

Imaging the Future Dystopia 290

Eco-Chic, Greenwashing, Spectacle 292

Chapter 12 Social Media: Affects fo Time 296

Mediation, Immersion, Intervention, Agency 297

To be With Time is All We Ask 309

Chapter 13 Coda: Permanent Transition 316

Notes 327

Select Bibliography 334

A Directory of Selected Contemporary

Art Websites 340

Index 342

Picture Credits 346

Note of Thanks 348

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