The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist

The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist

by Donald Kuspit
     
 

An examination of the philosophical, psychological and aesthetic premises for avant-garde art.See more details below

Overview

An examination of the philosophical, psychological and aesthetic premises for avant-garde art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521469227
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
188
Sales rank:
1,428,076
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

1. Avant-Garde and the neo-avant-garde: from the pursuit of the primordial to the nihilism of narcissism; 1A. The idealisation of the avant-garde artist as transmuter of value; 1B. Fame, fortune, publicity, paratism: The narcissistic illusions of the neo-avant-garde artist; 2. Preliminary therapeutic attitude: the provocative object as a path to primordiality (Picasso and Duchamp); 3. The geometrical cure: art as a matter of principle (Mondrian and Malevich); 4. The expressive cure: art as the recovery of primal emotion (Expressionism and Surrealism); 5. Fame as the cure-all, or the charisma of cynicism: Andy Warhol; 6. Enchanting the disenchanted, or the artist's last stand: Joseph Beuys; 7. The decadence or cloning of the avant-garde: appropriating art; Notes; Index.

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