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In this exhilarating book, Anne Middleton Wagner challenges readers to rethink the work of a range of post-World War II artistsJasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Maya Lin, Bruce Nauman, and Agnes Martin among themand thus to re-assess the relationship of art to politics and social life. The art of U.S. empire, she argues, is marked by deep dividedness. Painters and sculptors seemed entranced by American symbols, yet used them to enigmatic endsexuberant, nightmarish, or both. Nor could postwar culture decide if it preserved sites devoted to productive withdrawalfor artists, the special zone called the studioor simply maintained a margin where numbed subjects rehearsed the rites of vanished self-expression. This book charts the to-and-fro in recent American art between acknowledging the facts of nation and consumerism, and searching for meaningful models. And it shows that this process engageseven structuresnational history and the citizen’s self.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Anne Middleton Wagner is Class of 1936 Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley and Henry Moore Foundation Research Curator at the Tate. She is the author of Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture and Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O’Keeffe (UC Press) among other books.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Type Casting
Part I. A House Divided
1. Jasper Johns’s Flag
2. Andy Warhol’s Patriotism
3. Matta-Clark’s Cut
4. Maya Lin’s Memorial
5. Kara Walker’s History
Part II. A Place of Safety
6. David Smith: Heavy Metal
7. Flavin’s Limited Light
8. Nauman’s Body of Sculpture
9. Bourgeois Fantasy
10. How Eva Hesse Named Her Work
11. Agnes Martin: The Cause of the Response
12. Performance, Video, and the Rhetoric of Presence
List of Illustrations
What People are Saying About This
"I found myself reading certain passages aloud, reveling in their conversational pace and cadence, their gentle wordplays and puns."Times Higher Education
"The latter decades of the twentieth century were exciting, tumultuous years for the American art scene. . . . Anne Middleton Wagner captures a great deal of this tension and excitement in these pieces."Zeteo (Cuny)