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The return of the real : the avant-garde at the end of the century

Author: Hal Foster
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1996.
Series: October books.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Return of the Real presents an original reading of art and theory over the last three decades, with special emphasis to the controversial connections between the two. It also rethinks the relation between historical avant gardes and neo-avant-gardes. The result is an authoritative genealogy of art and theory from minimalism and pop to the present, with important ramifications for prewar studies as well. Against  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hal Foster
ISBN: 0262061872 9780262061872 0262561077 9780262561075
OCLC Number: 34617721
Notes: "An October book."
Description: xix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Who's afraid of the neo-avant-garde? --
The crux of minimalism --
The passion of the sign --
The art of cynical reason --
The return of the real --
The artist as ethnographer --
Whatever happened to postmodernism?
Series Title: October books.
Responsibility: Hal Foster.

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The Return of the Real presents an original reading of art and theory over the last three decades, with special emphasis to the controversial connections between the two. It also rethinks the relation between historical avant gardes and neo-avant-gardes. The result is an authoritative genealogy of art and theory from minimalism and pop to the present, with important ramifications for prewar studies as well. Against the cliche that contemporary art and theory are condemned to historical pastiche, Foster argues that the avant-garde returns to us from the future, repositioned by innovative work in the present. And he poses this retroactive model of art and theory against the reactionary undoing of progressive culture that is so pervasive today.

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