Pamela M. Lee’s New Games revisits postmodernism in light of art history's more recent embrace of "the contemporary." What can the theories and practices associated with postmodernism tell us about the obsession with the contemporary in both the academy and the art world? In looking at work by Dara Birnbaum, Öyvind Fahlström and Richard Serra, among others, Lee returns to Jean-Francois Lyotard's canonical text The Postmodern Condition as a means to understand more recent art-critical interests in interactivity, collectivism and neo-liberalism. She reads Lyotard's well-known treatment of language games relative to the game theory associated with the Cold War and the rise of the information society. New Games asks readers to think critically about our recent past and the embattled state of our contemporary preoccupations.
With a critical introduction by Johanna Burton, New Games is the fourth and penultimate volume in Routledge’s series of short books on the theories of modernism by leading art historians on twentieth-century art and art criticism.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Johanna Burton. Introduction: Postmodernism, an Incomplete Project. Chapter 1: Postmodernism after "The Contemporary". Chapter 2: New Games. Chapter 3: Game Show. Conclusion: Mixed Hopes, Mixed Strategies. Seminar. Index.
Pamela M. Lee is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. She is the author of Object to be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark (1999) and Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s (2004).