Abstract Art Against Autonomy
Infection, Resistance, and Cure Since the 60s
By (author) Mark A. Cheetham
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Abstract Art Against Autonomy by Mark A. Cheetham
Book DescriptionIn Abstract Art Against Autonomy, Mark Cheetham provides a revolutionary account of abstraction in the visual arts since the decline of the formalist paradigms in the 1960s. He claims that abstract work remains a vital contributor to contemporary visual culture, but that it performs in a way that is different from its predecessors of the early and mid-twentieth century and cannot adequately be assessed without new models of understanding. Cheetham posits that abstraction has reacted to paradigms of purity with practices of impurity. By examining abstract art since the 1960s within a narrative of infection, resistance and cure, Cheetham provides an opportunity to rethink paradigmatic genres - the monochrome and the mirror - and to link in new ways the work of artists whose work extends and complicates the tradition of abstract art, including Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Turrell, Gerhard Richter, Peter Halley, General Idea and Taras Polataiko.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521842068
(253mm x 177mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mark A. Cheetham
Abstract Art Against Autonomy, Paperback (April 2014)
A revolutionary account of abstraction in the visual arts since the decline of the formalist paradigms.
Kant, Art and Art History, Paperback (April 2009)
The first systematic study of Kant's reception of and influence on visual art and art history.
Subjects of Art History, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Mark A. Cheetham
An introduction to the historiography and theory of the history of art.
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Author Biography - Mark A. Cheetham
Mark A. Cheetham is Professor of Art History and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he is the author and co-editor of seven books, including Kant, Art, and Art History, The Subjects of Art History, The Rhetoric of Purity, and Theory Between the Disciplines: Authority/Vision/Politics.
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