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The art and politics of Asger Jorn : the avant-garde won't give up

Author: Karen Kurczynski
Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"A leading figure of the postwar avant-garde, Danish artist Asger Jorn has long been recognized for his founding contributions to the Cobra and Situationist International movements - yet art historical scholarship on Jorn has been sparse, particularly in English. This study corrrects that imblance, offering a synthetic account of the essential phases of this proligic artist's career. It addresses his works in  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Asger Jorn; Asger Jorn; Asger Jorn; Asger Jorn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Kurczynski
ISBN: 9781409431978 1409431975
OCLC Number: 870211354
Description: xiii, 261 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Spontaneous myths --
Spontaneous abstraction --
Post-expressionism --
Painting as mythmaking --
Nordic myth? --
Resisting a "new myth" --
2. Communal expressions --
The kindergarten murals --
A new beginning --
The Bregnered murals --
Common imagery --
The Silent Myth murals --
3. Material visions --
Form defies Functionalism --
The turn to ceramics --
The International Ceramics Congresses --
The Arhus ceramic mural --
Tapestry: Modernity and tradition --
4. Jubilant critiques --
Fin de Copenhague --
Detournement and kitsch --
Memoires --
Memory as fiction --
Disorienting structures --
Detourned paintings --
Exiting the SI --
5. Authentic ironies --
Refusing transcendence --
The immediacy of painting --
Ironic expression --
Nordic Expressionism? --
A Soul for Sale --
The "Luxury Paintings" --
6. Conclusion: New legacies.
Responsibility: Karen Kurczynski.


Situating the Danish artist Asger Jorn's work in an international, post-World War II context, Karen Kurczynski offers an account of the essential phases of this prolific artist's career, and  Read more...


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'... provides a detailed analysis of Jorn's theory and his negotiation of the fractured landscape of the post-war avant-garde.' The Art Newspaper

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