Master Narratives and Their Discontents / Edition 1

Master Narratives and Their Discontents / Edition 1

by James Elkins
     
 

In this bracing engagement with the many versions of art history, James Elkins argues that the story of modernism and postmodernism is almost always told in terms of four narratives. Works of art are either seen as modern or postmodern, or praised for their technical skill or because of the politics they appear to embody. These are master narratives of contemporary

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Overview

In this bracing engagement with the many versions of art history, James Elkins argues that the story of modernism and postmodernism is almost always told in terms of four narratives. Works of art are either seen as modern or postmodern, or praised for their technical skill or because of the politics they appear to embody. These are master narratives of contemporary criticism, and each leads to a different understanding of what art is and does.

Both a cogent overview of the state of thinking about art and a challenge to think outside the art historical box, Master Narratives and their Discontents is the first volume in a series of short books on the theories of modernism by leading art historians on twentieth-century art and art criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415972703
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Head of History of Art at the University College Cork, Ireland. He is the author of Pictures and Tears, How to Use Your Eyes, and What Painting Is and, most recently, of Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction and The Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art, all published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Master narratives and their discontents29
1Modernisms37
2Postmodernisms83
3Politics99
4The importance of skill123
5The idea that none of this matters anymore147
6Conclusions153
Writings by James Elkins179

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