The Art of the Everyday
Quotidian in Postwar French Culture
Edited by Lynn Gumpert
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Art of the Everyday by Lynn Gumpert
Book DescriptionPerhaps more than anything else, it is the concept of the everyday that has most marked the arts and culture of the twentieth century. Nowhere has this been so clearly articulated as in France after World War II. Indeed, the 1950s and 1960s in France were awash in a sociological fascination with the transformed rhythms and accoutrements of daily lived experience. The Art of the Everyday features essays by prominent writers on the topic of the quotidian in philosophy, cinema, theater, photography, and other visual arts of postwar France. In particular, a number of younger artists practicing today--such as Joel Bartolomeo, Rebecca Bournigault, Claude Closky, Frederic Coupet, Valerie Jouve, Philippe Mairesse, Jean-Luc Moulene, and Rainer Oldendorf--find inspiration in the stuff of everyday life, rejecting an outmoded reverence for le grand gout. For them, the sophisticated urbanity of the nineteenth-century flaneur has mutated into a city dweller well-acquainted with the often unpleasant requirements of city life. A panorama of an important aspect of postwar French culture, The Art of the Everyday brings to light the work of a new generation of contemporary French artists viewed through the lens of daily experience.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814731086
(5830mm x 3895mm x 16mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lynn Gumpert
Inventing Downtown, Hardback (December 2016)
This enlightening and thought-provoking look at New York City s postwar art scene focuses on the galleries and the artists that helped transform American art."
Tseng Kwong Chi - Performing For The Camera, Hardback (April 2015)
Catalog of an exhibition held at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 21 - July 11, 2015; The Chrysler Museum of Art, August 18 - December 13, 2015; Tufts University Art Gallery, January 21 - May 22, 2016; The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, September 17 - December 11, 2016.
Downtown Book, Hardback (October 2005)» View all books by Lynn Gumpert
Charts the influences that shaped the generation of experimental and outsider artists working in Downtown New York during the crucial decade from 1974 to 1984. The seven essays in this book examine from different perspectives how Downtown artists constantly pushed the limits of both traditional media and the art world.
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Author Biography - Lynn Gumpert
An authority on contemporary European art, Lynn Gumpert is director of the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center at New York University. She has held curatorial positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jewish Museum in New York and has consulted for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
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