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This volume is an introduction to the intellectual movement known as Postmodernism and its impact on the visual arts. In clear, jargon-free language, Eleanor Heartney situates Postmodernism historically, showing how it developed both in reaction to and as a result of some of the fundamental beliefs underlying Modernism, especially its positivist, universalizing aspects. She then analyzes paradigmatic Postmodern works of art by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, Jeff Koons and Robert Mapplethorpe. Postmodernism provides a concise and articulate overview of the Postmodern phenomenon. Eleanor Heartney is a contributing editor for Art in America, New Art Examiner, and Art Press. In 1991, she was the recipient of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism. Heartney is a board member of the American section of the AICA. She is also the author of Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge, 1997). She lives in New York.

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While the terms and theories of Postmodernism do not make easy reading, this little book presents an excellent overall introduction to the art of the last quarter of the 20th century. Heartney, a freelance journalist and art commentator, tackles neo-expressionism, the "anti-aesthetes," "commodity critics," "postmodern feminism," and "postmodern multiculturalism." For each trend or movement, the author describes the underlying philosophy of the artists and presents and explains one work for each artist mentioned. The illustrations, all in color, are plentiful. Heartney is not an apologist for Postmodernism. She seems somewhat relieved that the era may have drawn to a close. She is, however, very respectful of the various artistic stances she presents. Her text is a helpful guide to a somewhat confusing period in art history. (Movements in Modern Art) KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Cambridge Univ. Press, 80p. illus. bibliog. index., $15.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Brookline, MA , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004381
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Movements in Modern Art Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Neo-expressionism 13
2 The Anti-aesthetes 27
3 Commodity Critics 41
4 Postmodern Feminism 51
5 Postmodern Multiculturalism 65
6 Conclusion 77
Bibliography 78
Index 79
Credits 80
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