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The End of Art
     

The End of Art

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by Donald Kuspit
 

ISBN-10: 052154016X

ISBN-13: 9780521540162

Pub. Date: 02/07/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Donald Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by "postart," a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity. Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works and theory of Marcel

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Donald Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by "postart," a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity. Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works and theory of Marcel Duchamp and Barnett Newman, Kuspit argues that devaluation is inseparable from the entropic character of modern art, and that anti-aesthetic postmodern art is in its final state. In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests. In reaction to the emptiness and stagnancy of postart, Kuspit signals the aesthetic and human future that lies with the old masters. The End of Art points the way to the future for the visual arts. Donald Kuspit is Professor of Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. A winner of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, Professor Kuspit is a Contributing Editor at Artforum, Sculpture and New Art Examiner. His most recent book is The Cult of the Avant-Garde (Cambridge, 1994).

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ISBN-13:
9780521540162
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,213,386
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. The changing of the art guard; 2. The aesthetic maligned: Duchamp and Newman; 3. Seminal entropy: the paradox of modern art; 4. The decline of the cult of the unconscious: running on empty; 5. Mirror, mirror of the worldly wall, why is art no longer the truest religion of all?: the god that lost faith in itself; Postscript. Abandoning and rebuilding the studio.

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Kuspit traces the genealogy of the postart aesthetic from Duchamp through Warhol¿s commercialism to Hirst¿s installations (and his preoccupation with banal objects and everyday life situations). Whereas modern art consist of revolutionary experiments motivated by a desire to express aspects of the newly-discovered ¿unconscious mind,¿ postart, Kuspit argues, is shallow, unreflective banality motivated by the desire to become institutionalized. The End of Art will appeal to anyone who has ever felt bamboozled by the productions of the postmodern establishment.