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This work re-examines the course of 20th-century art through the oeuvres and theoretical positions of 25 major sculptors. From his insight into the mysteries of Marcel Duchamp to the deconstructivism of the 1960s, to the spiritualism and conceptualism in the 1980s and 1990s, the author explains how the shift from modernism to postmodernism in 20th-century art created a new age, one in which doubt reigned supreme, becoming a powerful undercurrent and defining force in the scuplture of the last generation. Framed in a discussion of the history and intellectual issues surrounding the postmodern movement, the essays in this book uncover how these sculptors have grappled with postmodern doubt, how they adopted it into their work, and succeeded in liberating art forever.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781581150230
ISBN-10: 1581150237
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Thomas McEvilley

Thomas McEvilley is Distinguished Lecturer in Art History at Rice University, where he has been on the faculty since 1969. The author holds a Ph.D. in classical philology. In addition to Greek and Latin, he has studied Sanskrit and has taught numerous courses in Greek and Indian culture, history of religion and philosophy, and art. He has published countless scholarly monographs and articles in various journals on early Greek poetry, philosophy, and religion as well as on contemporary art and culture. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant in 1993 and has been awarded an NEA critic's grant and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism by the College Art Association. He lives in New York City. McEvilley has been a contributing editor of "Artforum" and has published hundreds of articles, catalogue essays, and reviews in the field of contemporary art, as well as monographs on Yves Klein, Jannis Kounellis, and Pat Steir. His recent books include "Art and Discontent," "Art and Otherness," and "The Exile's Return: Toward a Redefinition of Painting for the Post-Modern Era."

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