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1st Edition

Modern Art Culture
A Reader

Edited By

Francis Frascina

ISBN 9780415231527
Published January 22, 2009 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

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’

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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.