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In the early sixties, crowds gathered to watch rites of destruction-from the demolition derby where makeshift cars crashed into each other for sport, to concerts where musicians destroyed their instruments, to performances of self-destructing machines staged by contemporary artists. Destruction, in both its playful and fearsome aspects, was ubiquitous in the new Atomic Age. Destruction Rites is the first book to explore the ephemeral visual culture of the postwar era.
|Publisher:||I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Mona Hadler is Professor of Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She is also on the faculty at Brooklyn College. She has written widely on the art of Lee Bontecou and on the art of 1950s New York.