Conversations Before the End of Time

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When "the end of time" seems close at hand, what meaning or purpose can art possibly have? In this challenging series of dialogues with nineteen artists, writers, philosophers and critics, art critic Suzi Gablik addresses these and other central questions about the meaning and future of art in an age of accelerating social change and spiritual uncertainty. In conversations that are by turns intense, personal, philosophical, intimate and poignant, Hilton Kramer and Leo Castelli staunchly defend modernism's ...
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Overview

When "the end of time" seems close at hand, what meaning or purpose can art possibly have? In this challenging series of dialogues with nineteen artists, writers, philosophers and critics, art critic Suzi Gablik addresses these and other central questions about the meaning and future of art in an age of accelerating social change and spiritual uncertainty. In conversations that are by turns intense, personal, philosophical, intimate and poignant, Hilton Kramer and Leo Castelli staunchly defend modernism's traditional isolation of art from political and social issues; sculptors Rachel Dutton and Rob Olds and performance artist Coco Fusco explore new kinds of art-making in an attempt to reconnect with the contemporary world; and Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and archetypal psychologist James Hillman show how art's present crisis of meaning is tied to the broader context of our contemporary social and spiritual crises. Conversations Before the End of Time combines the incisive analysis of Suzi Gablik's previous criticism with the interactive creativity of the meeting of seminal minds; For anyone seriously concerned about the future of contemporary art and culture, it is both a sourcebook and an inspiration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500278383
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 831,192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 15
What Is Art For? 37
Doin' Dirt Time 56
Making Art About Centipedes 84
No Art in the Lifeboats 106
Ten Thousand Artists, Not One Master 133
Creating the Space for a Miracle 155
When You're Healed, Send Me a Postcard 176
You Don't Have to Have a Penis to Be a Genius 202
Viewing the World as Process 226
Breaking Out of the White Cube 247
Searching For the Essence of Art 266
Removing the Frame 290
Two Undiscovered Aborigines Dancing on the Wound of History 312
A Few Beautifully Made Things 334
Our Students Need the City 355
The Liminal Zones of Soul 381
The Aesthetics of Everyday Life 410
Adrift on the Fickle Seas of the Art World 434
A Farewell to Modernism 453
Selected Bibliography 473
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