Contemporary Art and Complicity New edition
By (author) Johanna Drucker
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Sweet Dreams by Johanna Drucker
Book DescriptionJohanna Drucker's "sweet dream" is for a new and more positive approach to contemporary art. Calling for a revamping of the academic critical vocabulary used to discuss art into one more befitting current creative practices, Drucker argues that contemporary art is fully engaged with material culture yet still struggling to escape the oppositional legacy of the early twentieth-century avant-garde. Drucker shows that artists today are aware of working within the ideologies of mainstream culture and have replaced avant-garde defiance with eager complicity. Finding their materials at flea markets or exploring celebrity culture, contemporary artists have created a vibrantly participatory movement that exudes enthusiasm and affirmation all while critics continue to cling to an outmoded vocabulary of opposition and radical negativity that defined modernism's avant-garde. At the cutting edge of new media research, Drucker surveys a wide range of exciting contemporary artists, demonstrating their clear departure from the past and petitioning viewers and critics to shift their terms and sensibilities as well. "Sweet Dreams" is a testament to the creative processes and self-conscious heterogeneity of art today as well as a revolutionary effort to solicit collaboration that will encourage the production of imaginative thought and contribute to contemporary life."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226165059
(211mm x 148mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Johanna Drucker
Graphesis, Paperback (July 2014)
Fusing digital humanities with media studies and graphic design history, Graphesis offers a critical language for analysis of graphical knowledge and argues for studying visuality from a humanistic perspective, exploring how graphic languages can serve fields where qualitative judgments take priority over quantitative statements of fact.
Speclab, Paperback (June 2009)
Written by the author who cofounded the University of Virginia's SpecLab, a digital humanities laboratory dedicated to risky projects with serious aims, this book explores the implications of these radical efforts to use critical practices and aesthetic principles against the authority of technology based on analytic models of knowledge.
Alphabetic Labyrinth, Paperback (February 1999)» View all books by Johanna Drucker
This text examines the many ways in which the letters of the alphabet have been assigned value in many key systems over two millennia. The book also presents the more general history of lettering, printing and calligraphy, providing an informative guide for art and cultural historians.
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Author Biography - Johanna Drucker
Johanna Drucker is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of several books, including "The Visible Word, The Alphabetic Labyrinth, The Century of Artists Books, "and" Figuring the Word.""
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