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Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art

ISBN13: 9780521452779
ISBN: 0521452775
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $115.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Pages: 304
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Donald Kuspit offers a radical new interpretation of avant-garde art based on a psychological understanding of it. Avant-garde art, Kuspit suggests, is a response to the modern crowd, which undermines and destroys the sense of self. The artist tries to restore his sense of self through one or more of several techniques: identifying with his medium; demonstrating the crowd's perversity and insanity; making hallucinatory art that shows his own insanity; or transcending the crowd altogether by escaping into a world of abstraction. An extensive reinterpretation of Manet keynotes the book.