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Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970s-1990s
In this highly accessible introduction to American art since the 1970s, Linda Weintraub offers art lovers a readable exploration of some of the most important artists and movements of the past three decades. Today artists routinely dissolve the old boundaries of art by creating works that neither hang on walls nor adorn pedestals, and often willfully overturn conventions o ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 2nd 1997 by Art Insights
(first published January 2nd 1996)
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As an art student, this was one of the books that my grad student teachers assigned as a textbook. As a beginning student who had a very limited idea of what could be considered as art, it opened my mind to a lot of things and changed the way I think about art in general, and it's role in contemporary society. I wouldn't say that it is an easy read, but not difficult either. There are a lot of names, and possibly some basic knowledge of some general art movements in history that would make for b ...more
As a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and I was particularly interested in reading about artists whose work we have in our collection or who have given talks and shows on campus. I am so glad I now have this as a resource. The chapters of Felix Gonzales Torres and Donald Sultan gave greater depth to my understanding. As did the chapter on Marina Abramovic. Abramovic gave an illustrated presentation of her work on campus. I hated watching her deface her body, but, at least, now ...more
I'm teaching this book to my class this semester. It is a great overview of contemporary artists in the 90's, written in a smart but understandable way. I'm teaching freshman (17 / 18 year olds here in TN ). A bit outdated, this book will hopefully expand their minds to the possibility in art.