Edited by Kobena Mercer
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Discrepant Abstraction by Kobena Mercer
Book DescriptionFor anyone who thinks the question of abstract art is settled, this book will come as a surprise. Discrepant abstraction is hybrid and partial, elusive and repetitive, obstinate and strange. It includes almost everything that does not neatly fit into the institutional narrative of abstract art as a monolithic quest for artistic purity. Exploring cross-cultural scenarios in twentieth-century art, this second volume in the Annotating Art's Histories series alters our understanding of abstract art as a signifier of modernity by revealing the multiple directions it has taken in wide-ranging international contexts.Impure, imperfect, and incomplete, the version of abstraction that emerges from this global journey--from Hong Kong and Islamic regions to Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United States--shows how the formal ingenuity of abstract art has been cross-fertilized, from abstract expressionism onwards, by creative discrepancies that arise when disparate visual languages are brought into dialogue. Discrepant Abstraction is essential reading for students, practitioners and anyone curious about cross-cultural interaction in the visual arts.Copublished with inIVA/Institute of International Visual Arts, London
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262633376
(235mm x 184mm x 20mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kobena Mercer
Travel & See, Paperback (April 2016)
In this set of essays that cover the period from 1992 to 2012, Kobena Mercer uses a diasporic model of criticism to analyze the cross-cultural aesthetic practice of African American and black British artists and to show how their refiguring of visual representations of blackness transform perceptions of race.
Hew Locke, Hardback (May 2011)
Hew Locke: Stranger in Paradise is a monograph focusing on the internationally renowned artist Hew Locke, who was short-listed for the Fourth Plinth Project in Trafalgar Square, London.
Exiles, Diasporas and Strangers, Paperback (February 2008)
The first thematic and cross-cultural overview of the experiences of migration and displacement that characterize so much of twentieth-century art.
Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures, Paperback (September 2007)» View all books by Kobena Mercer
A cross-cultural perspective on the aesthetics and politics of pop art.
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Author Biography - Kobena Mercer
Kobena Mercer is a writer and critic living in London. He is the editor of Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures, Cosmopolitan Modernisms, and Discrepant Abstraction (all published by The MIT Press and inIVA), author of Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, and an inaugural recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
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