Modern Art in the Common Culture

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Must avant-garde art hold itself apart from the values and beliefs widely held in the common culture? Must advanced artists always be symbolic adversaries of the ordinary citizen? These questions have dominated, even paralyzed the modern art world, particularly in recent years when perceived elitism and imposed canons of taste have come under fire from all sides. This book shows that the links between advanced art and modern mass culture have always been robust, indeed necessary to both. Thomas Crow focuses on the continual interdependence between the two phenomena, providing examples that range from Paris in the mid-19th century to the latest revivals of Conceptual art in the 1990s. Crow's argument proceeds through a series of episodes: Jackson Pollock being enlisted into the realm of fashion by his first patron; Andy Warhol keeping one foot in a small-town sentiment through his work of the 1960s; an artist, Sturtevant, confronting incomprehension and hostility when she turned Pop Art tactics against the Pop painters themselves (and being vindicated 20 years later by an entirely new generation of artists); Gerhard Richter's painting converging with amateur production in its uses of photography; Gordon Matta-Clark raiding derelict buildings to find the raw material of his sculpture; Ross Bleckner redefining his painting of the 1980s through the decayed, funerary kitsch of Victorian America; and Christopher Williams remaking a high Conceptual art with mental maps provided by the tourist industry.

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In this collection of essays, British art historian Crow examines the relationship of avant-garde art to popular culture. Opening with an insightful examination of Manet's relationship to 19th-century Parisian mass culture, Crow segues into a scathingly apt portrayal of the alliance of certain members of the New York School with the commercial world of kitsch journalism. Exploring the relationship of pop art, conceptual art, and other modern movements to common culture, Crow questions the adversarial relationship that has arisen between art and the common citizen. He writes in a clear style and has a generally strong argument (though he is a bit strained in his discussion of Richard Serra's controversial "Tilted Arc" sculpture). Inquiring into what creates the distinction between "high" and "low" art in critical and popular conception, he envisions a symbiotic rather than a competitive relationship. Recommended for larger collections with an interest in modern and contemporary art.?Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Verlag: Yale University Press, New Haven and London (1996)
ISBN 10: 0300064381 ISBN 13: 9780300064384
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Buchbeschreibung Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1996. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Hardcover in very good condition. The pages are clean and clear, with sound binding. CM. Used. Artikel-Nr. 460183

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