The End of Art
By (author) Donald B. Kuspit
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End of Art by Donald B. Kuspit
Book DescriptionIn The End of Art, Donald Kuspit argues that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by 'postart', a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity. Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works and theory of Marcel Duchamp and Barnett Newman, Kuspit argues that devaluation is inseparable from the entropic character of modern art, and that anti-aesthetic postmodern art is its final state. In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests. In reaction to the emptiness and stagnancy of postart, Kuspit signals the aesthetic and human future that lies with the New Old Masters. The End of Art points the way to the future for the visual arts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521832526
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Donald B. Kuspit
Chihuly, Hardback (October 2014)
A companion to the acclaimed Chihuly, Volume 1, which covered the first 30 years of the artist's career. Here, Donald Kuspit surveys the work of Dale Chihuly from 1997 to the present.
Hiroshi Senju, Hardback (October 2009)
Hiroshi Senjus art can be understood in its simple immediacya sense of powerful, timeless calm, and the monumental force and presence of nature is perceived. This book focuses on this painter who expresses contemporary modernity through ancient painting techniques that are unique to Japan.
Sean Scully, Hardback (August 2007)
Sean Scully is one of the most important abstract painters. His familiar signature style of lines of colour alluding to architectural elements such as portals, windows and walls is instantly recognizable. This book includes work in all media - painting, photographs, prints, drawings and watercolours - since the early 1970s, covering his career.
Albert Paley, Hardback (October 2006)» View all books by Donald B. Kuspit
Albert Paley has established himself as an artist who is constantly pushing boundaries, questioning old categories and redefining himself in his own distinctive idiom. This title presents the full spectrum of Paley's work.
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Author Biography - Donald B. Kuspit
Donald Kuspit is one of America's most distinguished art critics. Winner of the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, given by the College Art Association, he is a Contributing Editor to Artforum, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, and Tema Celeste magazines, as well as Editor of Art Criticism. Professor of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, he also holds honorary degrees from Davidson College, the San Francisco Institute of Arts, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he has been the A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. Dr Kuspit has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the author and editor of hundreds of articles and books, most recently The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century and Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art.
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