Shock of the News

Shock of the News

by Judith Brodie
     
 
In the early 20th century, visual artists began to think of the newspaper as the basis for verbal and visual puns, as a source of found language and images, as a means to mark time and place or express political criticism. Shock of the News - its title playing on that of Robert Hughes’ popular BBC television series and book The Shock of the New (1980) - traces

Overview

In the early 20th century, visual artists began to think of the newspaper as the basis for verbal and visual puns, as a source of found language and images, as a means to mark time and place or express political criticism. Shock of the News - its title playing on that of Robert Hughes’ popular BBC television series and book The Shock of the New (1980) - traces the newspaper’s impact on modern art from 1909 to 2009.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Here, Brodie (curator, modern prints & drawings, National Gallery of Art) tackles a rich but underexplored subject: newspapers as raw material and as subject matter in modern art. In the early 20th century, European and American readers devoured newspapers as voraciously as today people absorb the Internet. Artists were drawn to them, too, and began to work with scraps of newsprint, tearing and shaping the material, punning and playing with words culled from headlines, articles, advertisements. Other artists appropriated methods of newspaper publishing, broadcasting manifestos or creating mock newspapers as a medium of social or political critique. This catalog, published in concert with an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, features high-quality color illustrations of works by some 60 artists with text describing the materials and techniques used and discussion of each piece’s themes. The three essays that conclude the book will be most rewarding to readers looking for more in-depth information. (Sarah Boxer’s, in particular, is intriguing: she describes an epic struggle to transform newspaper itself from a medium for news into one for art.)

Verdict Both general readers and academics will appreciate the intelligent essays and excellent illustrations.—Michael Dashkin, New York(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848221215
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2012
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Judith Brodie is curator and head of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art. Sarah Boxer is a critic and reporter who has written for the New York Times, Slate, the New York Review of Books and Artforum. Janine Mileaf is director of the Arts Club of Chicago. Christine Poggi is professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Matthew Witkovsky is the Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of the department of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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