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A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945


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List of Figures ix Notes on Contributors xiv Series Editor's Preface xviii Acknowledgments xix Part I: Introduction 1 1 Writing Contemporary Art into History, a Paradox? 3 Amelia Jones Part II: Decades 17 1945-60 2 "America" and its Discontents: Art and Politics 1945-60 19 Gavin Butt 1960-70 3 The 1960s: A Decade Out-of-Bounds 38 Anna Dezeuze 1970-80 4 "I'm sort of sliding around in place . . . ummm . . .": Art in the 1970s 60 Sam Gathercole 1980-90 5 Pictures and Positions in the 1980s 83 Howard Singerman 1990-2005 6 1990-2005: In the Clutches of Time 107 Henry M. Sayre Part III: Aesthetics 125 Formalism 7 Form and Formless 127 Caroline A. Jones Art as Idea 8 Re-Thinking the "Duchamp Effect" 145 David Hopkins Beauty 9 Regarding Beauty 164 Margaret Morgan Part IV: Politics 189 Avant-Garde 10 Avant-Garde: A Historiography of a Critical Concept 191 Johanne Lamoureux Activism 11 Facture for Change: US Activist Art since 1950 212 Jennifer Gonzalez and Adrienne Posner Culture Wars 12 "The Senators Were Revolted": Homophobia and the Culture Wars 231 Jonathan D. Katz Art and Its Public(s) 13 Crowds and Connoisseurs: Art and the Public Sphere in America 249 Grant Kester Part V: Identity/Subjectivity 269 The Artist 14 The Writerly Artist: Beautiful, Boring, and Blue 271 Carol Mavor Diaspora 15 Diaspora: Multiple Practices, Multiple Worldviews 296 Steven Nelson Feminism 16 Power and Pleasure: Feminist Art Practice and Theory in the United States and Britain 317 Laura Meyer Queer 17 Queer Wallpaper 343 Jennifer Doyle Race/Ethnicity 18 Implications of Blackness in Contemporary Art 356 Pauline de Souza Embodiment 19 The Paradoxical Bodies of Contemporary Art 378 Christine Ross Part VI: Methods/Theories 401 Marxism 20 A Shadow of Marx 403 Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska Poststructuralism 21 Poststructuralism and Contemporary Art, Past, Present, Future . . . 424 Sarah Wilson Postcolonial Theory 22 "Fragments of Collapsing Space": Postcolonial Theory and Contemporary Art 450 Mark Crinson Visual Culture 23 Visual Culture Studies: Questions of History, Theory, and Practice 470 Marquard Smith Part VII: Technology 491 Mass Culture, High/Low 24 "That's All Folks": Contemporary Art and Popular Culture 493 Nick Mirzoeff Photography/Index 25 Image + Text: Reconsidering Photography in Contemporary Art 512 Liz Kotz Spectacle/Appropriation 26 Imagine There's No Image (It's Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction 534 Dore Bowen Digital Media 27 "Life-like": Historicizing Process and Responsiveness in Digital Art 557 Maria Fernandez Index 582

About the Author

Amelia Jones is Pilkington Professor in the History of Art at the University of Manchester. She has curated many exhibitions and is the author of Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (1994), Body Art/Performing the Subject (1998), and Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada (2004).


"This Companion represents a move away from the more traditionally conceived broad surveys of contemporary art available to date, and is refreshing in its innovative approach to this complex subject ... essential reading for students and scholars of contemporary art history, visual culture, and visual theory, and general readers just wishing to develop their understanding of this complex subject." Reference Reviews ?Provocative, wide-ranging, and impressively inclusive?a welcome and important addition for the understanding of the art of our historical present and a boon companion for the general reader, the artist, the student, the art historian and the critic alike.? Abigail Solomon-Godeau, University of California, Santa Barbara ?By keeping its finger on the pulse of the present, while commenting on the recent past, this book reminds us why contemporary art, and contemporary art history, matters." Geoffrey Batchen, City University of New York

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