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Sweet Dreams Contemporary Art and Complicity

ISBN-10: 0226165043

ISBN-13: 9780226165042

Edition: 2005

Authors: Johanna Drucker

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Johanna Drucker's "sweet dream" is for a new and more positive approach to contemporary art. Calling for a revamping of the academic critical vocabulary used to discuss art into one more befitting current creative practices, Drucker argues that contemporary art is fully engaged with material culture--yet still struggling to escape the oppositional legacy of the early twentieth-century avant-garde. Drucker shows that artists today are aware of working within the ideologies of mainstream culture and have replaced avant-garde defiance with eager complicity. Finding their materials at flea markets or exploring celebrity culture, contemporary artists have created a vibrantly participatory movement that exudes enthusiasm and affirmation--all while critics continue to cling to an outmoded vocabulary of opposition and radical negativity that defined modernism's avant-garde. At the cutting edge of new media research, Drucker surveys a wide range of exciting contemporary artists, demonstrating their clear departure from the past and petitioning viewers and critics to shift their terms and sensibilities as well. "Sweet Dreams is a testament to the creative processes and self-conscious heterogeneity of art today as well as a revolutionary effort to solicit collaboration that will encourage the production of imaginative thought and contribute to contemporary life.
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Johanna Drucker is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of several books, including The Visible Word, The Alphabetic Labyrinth, The Century of Artists' Books, and Figuring the Word.

List of Illustrations
Preface: Starting Now
Sweet Dreams
Twilight
Reawakening and Imagining Otherwise, Again
Current Conditions
Symbolic Currency
Complicit Sensibilities
Forms of Flirtation
Critical Histories
The Legacy of Autonomy
The Reconceptualization of Art
Forms of Complicity
Slacker Aesthetics
Violating the Old Taboos of Fashion, Amusement, and Sentimentality
New Monumentality and the "Now" Sublime
After Visual Un-pleasure or Monsters and Flesh
Painting as an Impure Medium
Hybridity and Unnaturalism
Thingness and Objecthood
Affectivity and Entropy
Dubious Documents
New Aestheticism and Media Culture
Techno-bodies and Art Culture
Commodified and Mediated Identities
Image Branding and Art Product Design
Flagrant Complicity
Mediation of Modern Life
Conclusion
Notes
Index