Themes of Contemporary Art Visual Art after 1980

ISBN-10: 0195162153
ISBN-13: 9780195162158
Edition: 2004
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Description: Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 is an introduction to some of the large themes that have recurred in art over the past several decades. Reflecting a paradigm shift occurring in the visual arts from a formalist way of teaching  More...

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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 is an introduction to some of the large themes that have recurred in art over the past several decades. Reflecting a paradigm shift occurring in the visual arts from a formalist way of teaching studio art to more diverse and open-ended concepts, this text is structured around six key themes - time, place, the body, language, identity, and spirituality. Focusing on the process of interpretation and how interpretations areconstructed by many factors brought into play by the artist, the viewer, and society, this text will help students interpret art from several angles: techniques and materials; historical circumstances; aesthetic qualities; theoretical issues; and artist's ideas and intentions. Each thematic chapter also containsa Profile of an artist who has devoted a substantial portion of his/her creative energies to exploring aspects of the theme under discussion.

Preface
Introduction
Themes of Contemporary Art: What, Why, and How
A Brief Orientation
The Art World Expands
Overview of History and Art History, 1980-2004
Old Media Thrive, New Media Make Waves
A Spectrum of Possibilities Emerges
Theory Flexes Its Muscles
Art Meets Contemporary Culture
Time
Time and Art History
Representing time
Embodying time
Changing Views of Time
Changing Views of the Past
Exhibits about Time
Exploring the Structure of Time
Fracturing time
Real time
Changing rhythm
Exploring endlessness
Revisiting the Past
Recovering history
Reshuffling the past
Reframing the present
Commemorating the Past
PROFILE: Brian Tolle
Place
Places Have Meanings
Places Have Value
Exhibits about Place
History's Influence
(Most) places exist in space
The work of art exists in a place
Looking at Places
Looking Out for Places
Constructing (and Deconstructing) Artificial Places
Placeless Spaces
What's Public? What's Private?
In-between Places
PROFILE: Janet Cardiff
Identity
Identity in Art History
Identity Is Communal or Relational
Social and cultural identities
Identity politics
Identity Is Constructed
Essentialism
Difference
Identity is Not Fixed
Sexual Identity Is Diverse
Hybridity
Reinventing Identities
PROFILE: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
The Body
Past Figurative Art
A New Spin on the Body
The body is a battleground
The body is a sign
People are bodies
The Body Beautiful
Different bodies
Body parts
Mortal Bodies
Sexual Bodies
The gaze
Sexual pleasure and desire
Sex and violence
Posthuman Bodies
PROFILE: Shirin Neshat
Language
Words with Art: A History
Art with Words: A History
Recent Theories of Language
Reasons for Using Language
Exhibitions and Publications Concerning Language in Art
Language Makes Meaning
Language Takes Form
Transparency and translucency
Spatiality and physicality
Books made by artists
Art made with books
Wielding the Power of Language
Confronting the Challenge of Translation
Using Text in the Information Age
PROFILE: Ken Aptekar
Spirituality
A Short History
A Few Strategies
Manipulating forms, materials, and processes
Manipulating meanings and minds
Finding Faith and Harboring Doubt
Expressing Religious Identities
Facing Death, Doom, and Destruction
Mingling the Sacred and the Secular
PROFILE: Jose Bedia
Timeline
Selected Bibliography
Index

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