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Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation

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The waning of the century-old modernist movement in the arts has called forth an array of artistic and critical responses. The 25 essays in this text provide a survey of the most provocative directions taken by art and criticism in the postmodern age.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published 1984)
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Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, theory
It's been years since I've read it, but it introduced me to all the then-in-fashion thinkers of post-structuralism: Foucault, Baudrillard, Barthes, Benjamin; and the then-in-fashion theoretical critics: Mulvey, Krauss, Foster, Hoberman, etc. And the book even introduced me to the avant-garde writer Kathy Acker. A lot of those articles changed how I approached and thought about art (and the world). It's not easy writing - in fact, most of it was horribly written and filled with jargon - but almos ...more
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Praise for Art After Modernism

Wallis has fashioned an open intellectual forum that provides an important critical framework for understanding the art of our time.

One of this book's many virtues is its incitement to hard thinking, its persistent scraping away of naive myths clustered around the art-making enterprise.
—The Village Voice

Clearly the single most useful and provocative document on its subject yet published….
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
I can't decide whether I love or hate postmodernist critical theory, and this text only fuels my confusion.
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: art nerds
This is a must read...lots of great articles and essays. I got it for a class and instead of skimming, I devoured the entire thing with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
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Dry yet important
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