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Retroactivity and contemporary art

Author: Craig G Staff
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Contemporary art is often preoccupied with time, or acts in which the past is recovered. Through specific case studies of artists who strategically work with historical moments, this book examines how art from the last two decades has sought to mobilize these particular histories, and to what effect, against the backdrop of Modernism. Drawing on the art theory of Rosalind Krauss and the philosophies of Walter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig G Staff
ISBN: 9781350009974 1350009970
OCLC Number: 1004013024
Description: 187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Modernism in ruins --
Index (tracing) --
The reality of ends --
When, even if --
Still there, waiting (retracing).
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Contemporary art is often preoccupied with time, or acts in which the past is recovered. Through specific case studies of artists who strategically work with historical moments, this book examines how art from the last two decades has sought to mobilize these particular histories, and to what effect, against the backdrop of Modernism. Drawing on the art theory of Rosalind Krauss and the philosophies of Walter Benjamin, Gerhard Richter, and Giorgio Agamben, 'Retroactivity and Contemporary Art' interprets those works that foreground some aspect of retroactivity - whether re-enacting, commemorating, or re-imagining - as key artistic strategies.

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Moving seamlessly between philosophies of time and history, modernist aesthetics and art criticism, and semiotics, via close readings of a wide range of practices from the 19th century to the Read more...

 
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