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Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society, 1970s-1990s

ISBN13: 9780965198813
ISBN: 0965198812
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $24.95
Publisher: Art Insights, Inc.
Published Date:
Edition 1St Edition
Pages: 264
Average Goodreads rating: 3.76/5 (193 ratings)

In this highly accessible introduction to American art since the 1970s, Linda Weintraub offers art lovers a readable exploration of some of the most important artists and movements of the past three decades. Today artists routinely dissolve the old boundaries of art by creating works that neither hang on walls nor adorn pedestals, and often willfully overturn conventions of aesthetic value, permanence and optical reward. Curator and educator Weintraub has researched and/or interviewed 35 prominent radical artists and here explores their common concerns, creative processes and media. Devoting one essay to each artist, Weintraub offers a primer for museum and gallery goers who may be confronting such works for the first time, discussing Andres Serrano's photo of a crucifix submerged in urine, the half ton of dirty clothes Christian Boltanski piled on a museum floor worn by children of the Holocaust, Janine Antoni's mammoth blocks of chocolate and lard, Chuck Close's computer art and David Hammon's detritus constructions.