Contemporary Cultures of Display / Edition 1

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This volume explores some of the ways in which contemporary understanding of art and its histories is constructed and informed by public display in museums, galleries and other contexts. Among other issues, it considers the claim that the display of art is dominated today by a commercialized culture of 'spectacle'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300077834
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Art and Its Histories Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 8
Part 1 The Changing Museum
Introduction 23
1 The modern art museum 26
2 The museum in a postmodern era: the Musee d'Orsay 50
3 The Sainsbury Wing and beyond: the National Gallery today 73
Part 2 Exhibition-Ism
Introduction 103
4 Exhibitions of contemporary art 105
5 Exhibiting the canon: the blockbuster show 127
6 Africa on display: exhibiting art by Africans 147
Part 3 Art in the Wider Culture
Introduction 175
7 The museum in the community: the new Tates 178
8 Heritage and the country house 200
9 Contemporary art in Ireland, part one: institutions, viewers and artists 229
10 Contemporary art in Ireland, part two: Alice Maher and Willie Doherty-location, identity and practice 237
Conclusion 253
Recommended reading 254
Index 256
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