New Responses to Art and Performance
Edited by Gavin Butt
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After Criticism by Gavin Butt
Book DescriptionIt has recently become apparent that criticism has fallen on hard times. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches which have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a 'theatrical turn' in recent visual arts practice, and the emergence of a 'performative' arts writing over the past decade or so. Issues addressed include the 'performing' of art's histories; the consequences for criticism of embracing boredom, distraction and other 'queer' forms of (in)attention; and, the importance of exploring writerly process in responding to aesthetic experience. Bringing together newly commissioned work from the fields of art history, performance studies, and visual culture with the writings of contemporary artists, "After Criticism" provides a set of experimental essays which demonstrate how 'the critical' might live on as a vital and efficacious force within contemporary culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631232834
(239mm x 167mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gavin Butt
Between You and Me, Paperback (September 2005)
A reconsideration of queer American art culture of the mid-twentieth century
After Criticism, Paperback (June 2004)» View all books by Gavin Butt
"Though it seems contradictory to write words of praise for a book that deeply interrogates the marketability of praiseful language (in the guise of art criticism), Gavin Butta s collection deserves them. Framed by Butta s astute introduction, these performative essays pulse with vitality.
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Author Biography - Gavin Butt
Gavin Butt teaches in the Unit of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests encompass performance and performativity in the visual arts; queer theory; and queer cultures and their histories. He is the author of a book on gossip and homosexuality entitled Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the American Art World 1948-1963 (2005).
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