Modern Art Culture: A Reader provides an essential resource for understanding the culture of modern art since the 1960s.
In recent years, media theorists and historians have asked whether works of imaginative art can have any impact in our image-saturated culture. Given the power of institutions, how do radical artists produce effective cultural interventions? In the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, many argue that pressing questions about works of art and their meanings are inseparable not only from contemporary social and political issues but also from major debates and developments in the last four decades.
To explore such questions and issues, the Reader is divided into six related parts with articles from journals, magazines and exhibition catalogues that exemplify important interventions from the 1960s onwards: Histories, Representations and Remembrance; Art and Visual/Mass/Popular Culture; Institutions; Inclusions/Exclusions; Bodies and Identities; Power and Permissibility.
Texts range from artists’ engagement with the veil and veiling as metaphors for post-colonialist understandings of representation and contemporary art to early debates about, for example, ‘activist art’, discourses of the ‘body’, civil rights, ethnicity, and cultural power. Importantly these selected texts offer examples of analysis that can enable readers to examine, critically, their own selection of representations produced in a variety of contexts.
Table of Contents
General Introduction, Francis Frascina, Part One Histories, Representations and Remembrance Introduction to Part One, Francis Frascina 1. bell hooks, Feminism Inside: Toward a Black Body Politic 2. Marita Sturken, Camera Images and National Meanings 3. Francis Frascina, Revision, Revisionism, and Rehabilitation, 1959/1999: The American Century, ModernStarts, and Cultural Memory 4. Susan Buck-Morss A Global Counter-Culture? 5. Retort (Iain Boal, T.J. Clark, Joseph Matthews, Michael Watts) The State, the Spectacle, and September 11 Part Two Art and Visual/Mass/Popular Culture Introduction to Part Two, Francis Frascina 6. Gene R. Swenson, The F-111: an Interview with James Rosenquist 7. Theories of Art After Minimalism and Pop: A Discussion 7.1 Michael Fried 7.2 Rosalind Krauss 7.3 Benjamin Buchloh 8. Hal Foster, Subversive Signs 9. David A. Bailey and Gilane Tawadros, Veil, Veiling, Representation and Contemporary Art 10. Johanna Drucker, Making Space: Image Events in an Extreme State Part Three Institutions Introduction to Part Three, Francis Frascina 11. Max Kozloff, A Collage of Indignation 12. The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Parti Socialist Unifé, Beaubourg: the Containing of Culture in France 13. Carol Duncan and Alan Wallach, The Museum of Modern Art As Late Capitalist Ritual: An Iconographic Analysis 14. Lucy R. Lippard, Trojan Horses: Activist Art and Power 15. Hans Haacke, Taking Stock (Unfinished) 16. Michelle Wallace, Modernism, Postmodernism and the Problem of the Visual in Afro-American Culture Part Four Inclusions/Exclusions Introduction to Part Four, Francis Frascina 17. Rasheed Araeen, The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain 18. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Tradition and Conflict: Images of a Turbulent Decade, 1963-1973 19. Carrie Rickey, Writing (and Righting) Wrongs: Feminist Art Publications 20. Moira Roth, The Tangled Skein: On Re-Reading Heresies Part Five Bodies and Identities Introduction to Part Five, Francis Frascina 21. Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document: A Dialogue 21.1 Elizabeth Cowie, Introduction to Post-Partum Document 21.2 Laura Mulvey, Post-Partum Document by Mary Kelly 21.3 Margot Waddell and Michelene Wandor, Mystifying Theory 21.4 Parveen Adams, Rosalind Adams and Sue Lipshitz, Using Psychoanalytic Theory 22. Laura Mulvey, A Phantasmagoria of the Female Body: The Work of Cindy Sherman 23. Kobena Mercer, Anatomies of the Body Politic, Its Central Nervous System: 1991-1996 24. Laura Cottingham, The Masculine Imperative: High Modern, Postmodern 25. Amelia Jones ‘Presence’ in Absentia: Experiencing Performance as Documentation Part Six Power and Permissibility Introduction to Part Six, Francis Frascina 26. Martha Rosler, War in My Work 27. Casey Nelson Blake, An Atmosphere of Effrontery: Richard Serra, Tilted Arc, and the Crisis of Public Art 28. Richard Bolton, Culture Wars 29. David Newnham and Chris Townsend, Pictures of Innocence 30. Amy Adler, Age of Innocence: Jim Lewis talks to Amy Adler 31. Francis Frascina, Mobilising Pasts: Ground Zero, Representation, and ‘Outrageous Art’
Francis Frascina is Emeritus Professor and member of the Research Institute for the Humanities, Keele University. His research interests focus on relationships between art, culture and politics, especially in America, since 1945 and his publications include Art, Politics and Dissent: Aspects of the Art Left in Sixties America and Pollock and After: the Critical Debate, Second Edition.