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Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970s-1990s

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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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Alex
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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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
Rexor1701
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this book is a MUST read for art lovers of the contemporary movement or for people who want a crash course in the "far-out" artist of the contemporary era. The artist within this book through the works spawned the phrase,"WTF?!!".
Helen
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kelly
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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 A bit outdated, this book will hopefully expand their minds to the possibility in art.
Virdilak
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books
Schoolbook that never left. Nice pictures.
Rosie
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
crazy art and crazy artists. I read this with a contemporary art class and it changed the way that I perceived and accepted art.
Emily Rose
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I had to read it for school, but I love art like this. Some of it was a little over the top for me (plastic surgery as art? Yes, but NOOOOOO!)
Greg Tatum
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art-books
Now why again did I major in contemporary sculpture?
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