Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 / Edition 3

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Overview

"Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 is a unique introduction to six important themes that have recurred in art over the past few decades - time, place, the body, identity, language, and spirituality. Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel provide an accessible guide that will stimulate students, gallery goers, and other readers to think actively and critically about visual art from 1980 to the present." Generously illustrated, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 covers an international array of artists working with an immense variety of materials, techniques, subjects, and forms. A timeline that situates contemporary art in the context of major events in world history, art, and popular culture enhances the text.
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"An excellent book that approaches contemporary art in ways that are relevant to how art is made today, ways that move beyond the old categories of medium and genre to examine a group of issues that motivate and structure much of the content of today's art."--Timothy Van Laar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coauthor of Art with a Difference: Looking at Difficult and Unfamiliar Art and Active Sights: Art as Social Interaction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199797073
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 95,671
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Robertson is Professor of Art History and Craig McDaniel is Associate Dean and Professor of Fine Art, both at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. They are coauthors of Painting as a Language: Materials, Technique, Form, Content (2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Themes of Contemporary Art: What, Why, and How
A Brief Orientation

Chapter One: The Art World Expands
Overview of History and Art History, 1980-2011
Traditions Survive, New Trends Arrive
A Spectrum of Voices Emerges
Globalization
Theory Flexes Its Muscles
Social Experience as Art
Art Meets Contemporary Culture

Chapter Two: Identity
Identity in Art History
Identity is Communal or Relational
Identity Politics
—- Essentialism
—- Diversity
—- Hybridity
Identity Is Constructed
—- Otherness and Representation
—- Deconstructing Difference
—- The Fluidity of Identity
Post Identity
Profile: Nancy Burson
Profile: Shirin Neshat

Chapter Three: The Body
Past Figurative Art
A New Spin on the Body
—- The Body Is a Battleground
—- The Body Is a Sign
—- Performing Bodies
They Body Beautiful
Sexual Bodies
—- The Gaze
—- Sex and Violence
Mortal Bodies
Posthuman Bodies
Profile: Reneé Cox
Profile: Zhang Huan

Chapter Four: Time
Changing Views of Time
Time and Art History
Time as a Medium
—- Live Art
—- Film and Video
—- Process Art
Exploring the Structure of Time
—- Counting Time
—- Measuring Time
—- Reordering Time
—- Expressing Endlessness
Profile: Hiroshi Sugimoto
Profile: Cornelia Parker

Chapter Five: Memory
Memory and Art History
The Texture of Memory
—- Memory is Emotional
—- Memory is Unreliable
—- Memory is Multisensory
Strategies for Representing the Past
—- Displaying Evidence
—- Reenacting the Past
—- Fracturing Narratives and Reshuffling Memories
Storehouses of Memory
Revisiting the Past
—- Recovering History
—- Rethinking History
—- Reframing the Present
Commemorating the Past
Profile: Christian Boltanski
Profile: Brian Tolle

Chapter Six: Place
Places Have Meanings
Places Have Value
History's Influence
—- (Most) Places Exist in Space
—- (Most) Works of Art Exist in a Place
What's Public? What's Private?
Dislocation
Looking at Places
Looking Out for Places
Fictionalized Places
Profile: Unilever Series at Tate Modern
Profile: Andrea Zittel

Chapter Seven: Language
Words with Art: A History
Art with Words: A History
Recent Theories of Language
Reasons for Using Language
Language Makes Meaning
Language Takes Form
—- Transparency and Translucency
—- Spatiality and Physicality
—- Books Made by Artists
—- Art Made with Books
Wielding the Power of Language
Naming
Confronting the Challenge of Translation
Using Text in the Information Age
Profile: Nina Katchadourian
Profile: Janet Cardiff

Chapter Eight: Science
What is Science?
Artists as Amateur Scientists
Artists Adopt Scientific Methods and Materials
—- Creole Technologies
—- BioArt
The Ideology of Science
—- Changing Paradigms of Science
—- Is Science Running Amok? Activist Art Responds
The Visual Culture of Science
—- Scientific Imaging and Art
—- Deconstructing the Visual Culture of Science
—- Scientific Displays and Archives
—- Science in Popular Culture
Classifying Humans in the Genomic Age
Is Nature Natural?
Marveling at the Universe
Profile: Patricia Piccinini
Profile: Eduardo Kac

Chapter Nine: Spirituality
Spirituality and Religion
A Short History
A Few Strategies
—- Manipulating Forms, Materials, and Processes
—- Manipulating Meanings and Minds
Finding Faith and Harboring Doubt
Expressing Religious Identities
Facing Death, Doom, and Destruction
Mingling the Sacred and the Secular
Profile: José Bedia
Profile: Bill Viola

Timeline
Selected Bibliography
Index
Color Plate

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