Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 / Edition 2

Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 / Edition 2

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Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 / Edition 2

Offering a unique thematic approach to recent art history, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980, Third Edition, focuses on eight central ideas recurring in art over the past few decades: identity, the body, time, memory, place, language, science, and spirituality.

Featuring 160 vivid illustrations (23 in color and 137 in black and white), this wide-ranging introduction presents artworks that exemplify a variety of materials, techniques, theoretical viewpoints, and stylistic approaches, by artists from diverse ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds.

Concise, engaging, and accessible, this thought-provoking volume challenges readers to think actively and critically about the ideas expressed in contemporary art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195367577
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/13/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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
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?
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
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

Selected Bibliography
Color Plate

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