On The Museum's Ruins / Edition 1

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On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through analyses of art practices broadly conceived, not only the practices of artists — Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers,Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine, and Robert Mapplethorpe — but those of critics and curators, of international exhibitions, and of new or refurbished museums such as the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.The essays :- Photographs at the End of Modernism.- On the Museum's Ruins.- The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject.- The End of Painting.- The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism.- Appropriating Appropriation.- Redefining Site Specificity.- This is Not a Museum of Art.- The Art of Exhibition.- The Postmodern Museum.

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Crimp (visual and cultural studies, U. of Rochester) proposes a theory of postmodernism in the visual arts which focuses on the relationship between art and the institutions that collect, classify, and display it, and presents a critique of the contemporary art museum as the paradigmatic institution of artistic modernism. Crimp surveys the historical origins and current transformations of the art museum, and examines the work of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Includes many b&w photos by Louise Lawler. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531269
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/1995
  • Edition description: Illustrated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Crimp is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester. He is the author of On the Museum's Ruins and Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Photographs at the End of Modernism 2
Photography in the Museum 43
On the Museum's Ruins 44
The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject 66
The End of Painting 84
The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism 108
Appropriating Appropriation 126
The End of Sculpture 149
Redefining Site Specificity 150
Postmodern History 199
This Is Not a Museum of Art 200
The Art of Exhibition 236
The Postmodern Museum 282
Credits 332
Index 333
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