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Has Modernism Failed 2E PA,9780500284841

Has Modernism Failed 2E PA

Edition: 2nd
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 5/17/2004
Publisher(s): THAMES&HUD
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In 1984, Suzi Gablik's Has Modernism Failed? was one of the first books to confront the social situation of contemporary art. In describing a world whose central aesthetic paradigm of modernism had lost its vitality, with an "avant-garde" that reflected the culture of consumerism, her book struck a chord in an audience that had once responded to the heroic idealism of modernism. Reprinted many times, Has Modernism Failed? became one of the most popular and influential works of contemporary art criticism. Now Gablik has revised and expanded her work to encompass developments over the last two decades. A new prologue looks at changes in the cultural context of art, especially at the radical split between artists who still proclaim the self-sufficiency of art, "in defiance of the social good," and artists who want art to have some worthy agenda outside of itself. In a new chapter, "Globalization," she looks at the ruthless cultural homogenization of a universal consumer society and how a number of artists and curators are challenging it. And in a passionate new chapter called "Transdisciplinarity" she offers a way forward for individuals to break free of the limiting ideologies of modernism and consumerism and shows how some artists are reflecting both spiritual and social concerns in their art.

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE 11(138)
1 INTRODUCTION: The Waning of the Modern Age
2 INDIVIDUALISM: Art for Art's Sake, or Art for Society's Sake?
3 ANXIOUS OBJECTS: Modes of Cultural Resistance
4 BUREAUCRATIZATION: The Death of the Avant-Garde
5 PLURALISM: The Tyranny of Freedom
6 SECULARISM: The Disenchantment of Art (Julian Schnabel Paints a Portrait of God)
7 Graffiti in Well-Lighted Rooms
8 Has Modernism Failed?
9 GLOBALIZATION: Art and the Big Picture
10 TRANSDISCIPLINARITY: Integralism and the New Ethics 149(14)

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