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End of Art

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ISBN-10: 052154016X

ISBN-13: 9780521540162

Edition: 2005

Authors: Donald Kuspit

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Donald Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by "postart," a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity. Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works and theory of Marcel Duchamp and Barnett Newman, Kuspit argues that devaluation is inseparable from the entropic character of modern art, and that anti-aesthetic postmodern art is in its final state. In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests. In…    
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 5.91" wide x 8.90" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Changing of the Art Guard
The Aesthetic Maligned: Duchamp and Newman
Seminal Entropy: The Paradox of Modern Art
The Decline of the Cult of the Unconscious: Running on Empty
Mirror, Mirror on the Worldly Wall, Why is Art No Longer the Truest Religion of All?: The God That Lost Faith in Itself
Postscript: Abandoning and Rebuilding the Studio