Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 by Simon LeungTheory in Contemporary Art since 1985 by Simon Leung

Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985

EditorSimon Leung, Zoya Kocur

Paperback | August 16, 2004

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Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 is a groundbreaking anthology that captures the essence and the edge of the contemporary art scene.

  • Provides the first truly comprehensive and international anthology of theory in contemporary art of the last two decades.
  • Brings together a broad selection of important contributions to the fields of contemporary art, theory, and culture from established and emergent art voices, including scholars, curators, critics, and artists from around the globe.
  • Focuses on key theoretical and aesthetic issues in contemporary art, such as cultural/multicultural theory, identity politics, AIDS, post-colonialism, globalization, and spectatorship.
  • Includes editorial material and 44 illustrations.
Zoya Kocur is an independent scholar and adjunct faculty member of the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University. She co-edited Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (1996) and has published articles on art pedagogy and museum education.Simon Leung is an artist and assistant professor in the Department of Stud...
Title:Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:472 pages, 9.7 X 6.8 X 1 inShipping dimensions:472 pages, 9.7 X 6.8 X 1 inPublished:August 16, 2004Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0631228675

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Text, Figure, and Plate Credits.

How To Use This Book.


Part I: Contemporary Art Practices and Models:.

1. The Intellectual Field: a world apart: Pierre Bourdieu (deceased 2001, Collège de France).

2. When Form Has Become Attitude – And Beyond: Thierry de Duve (University of Lille 3, France and the Hogeschool Sint Lucas Beeldende Kunst, Gent).

3. One Place After Another: Notes on Site Specificity: Miwon Kwon (UCLA).

4. The Curator’s Moment: Michael Brenson (independent scholar).

5. How to Provide an Artistic Service: An Introduction: Andrea Fraser (artist).

6. Conversation Pieces: The Role of Dialogue in Socially Engaged Art: Grant Kester (University of California, San Diego).

7. ‘yBa’ as Critique: The Socio-Political Inferences of the Mediated: James Gaywood (independent scholar).

8. Video Projection: The Space Between Screens: Liz Kotz (University of Minnesota).

Part II: Culture/Identities/Political Fields:.

9. The War on Culture: Carole S. Vance (Columbia University).

10. Feminist Fundamentalism: Women against Images: Carole S. Vance (Columbia University).

11. AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism: Douglas Crimp (University of Rochester).

12. Architecture of the Evicted: Rosalyn Deutsche (Barnard College, Columbia University).

13. Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion: Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley).

14. Cornered: A Video Installation Project: Adrian Piper (Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College).

15. The Mythology of Difference: Vulgar Identity Politics at the Whitney: Charles A. Wright, Jr. (independent scholar).

16. Haunted TV: Avital Ronell (New York University).

Part III: Post-colonial Critiques:.

17. The Marco Polo Syndrome: Some Problems around Art and Eurocentrism: Gerardo Mosquera (New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York).

18. In the ‘Heart of Darkness’: Olu Oguibe (University of Connecticut).

19. The Syncretic Turn: Cross-Cultural Practices in the Age of Multiculturalism: Jean Fisher (Middlesex University).

20. Authenticity, Reflexivity & Spectacle: or, the rise of New Asia is not the End of the World: Lee Weng Choy (The Substation, an independent contemporary art center in Singapore).

21. All-Owning Spectatorship: Trinh T. Minh-Ha (University of California, Berkeley).

Part IV: Rethinking Aesthetics:.

22. A Note on Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977: Benjamin Buchloh (Barnard College, Columbia University).

23. Notes on Surface: toward a genealogy of flatness: David Joselit (Yale University).

24. Ruins, Fragmentation, and the Chinese Modern/Postmodern: Wu Hung (The University of Chicago).

25. Function and Field: Nana Last (Rice University).

26. 1989: Juli Carson (UCLA).

Part V: Theories after Postmodernism:.

27. Postmodernism and Periphery: Nelly Richard (Universidad Arcis, Santiago de Chile).

28. Looking for Trouble: Kobena Mercer (Goldsmith’s).

29. Repossessing Popular Culture: Laura Kipnis (Northwestern University).

30. The Lightness of Theory: John Rajchman (Columbia University).

31. Informe Without Conclusion: Rosalind Krauss (Columbia University).

32. The Database: Lev Manovich (University of California, San Diego).


Editorial Reviews

“This is a much-needed primer on the role of critical thought in the art of the last twenty years. At a time when some have mourned – or alternatively celebrated – the death of art theory, this valuable anthology traces its viability – indeed, its necessity – for understanding recent aesthetic practice.” Pamela Lee, StanfordUniversity