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The Resource The cult of the avant-garde artist, Donald Kuspit

The cult of the avant-garde artist, Donald Kuspit

Label
The cult of the avant-garde artist
Title
The cult of the avant-garde artist
Statement of responsibility
Donald Kuspit
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist examines the philosophical, psychological, and aesthetic premises for avant-garde art and its subsequent evolution and corruption in the late twentieth century. Arguing that modernist art is essentially therapeutic in intention, both toward self and society, Donald Kuspit further posits that neo-avant-garde, or postmodern, art at once mocks and denies the possibility of therapeutic change. As such, it accommodates the status quo of capitalist society in which fame and fortune count above everything else. Stripping avant-garde art of its missionary, therapeutic intention, neo-avant-garde art converts it into a cliche of creative novelty or ironic value for its fashionable look. Moreover, it destroys the precarious balance of artistic narcissism and social empathy that characterizes modern art, tilting it cynically toward the former. Incorporating psychoanalytic ideas, particularly those concerned with narcissism, The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist offers a reinterpretation of modern art history. Exemplary avant-garde and neo-avant-garde artists, including Picasso, Malevich, Warhol, and Beuys, and such movements as surrealism, expressionism, and appropriationism, are examined in depth to demonstrate their therapeutic aims and intentions, or lack thereof. The varieties of artistic expression and their attendant ideas are viewed in light of Kuspit's basic thesis, providing a fresh understanding of developments in the art of this century
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
701
Index
index present
LC call number
N6490
LC item number
.K86 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The cult of the avant-garde artist, Donald Kuspit
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [114]-171) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde : from the pursuit of the primordial to the nihilism of narcissism -- Preliminary therapeutic attitude : the provocative object as a path to primordiality : Picasso and Duchamp -- The geometrical cure : art as a matter of principle : Mondrian and Malevich -- The expressive cure : art as the recovery of primal emotion : expressionism and surrealism -- Fame as the cure-all : the charisma of cynicism : Andy Warhol -- Enchanting the disenchanted : the artist's last stand : Joseph Beuys -- The decadence or cloning and coding of the avant-garde : appropriation art
Control code
26129979
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
175 p.
Isbn
9780521413459
Lccn
92001733
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The cult of the avant-garde artist, Donald Kuspit
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [114]-171) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde : from the pursuit of the primordial to the nihilism of narcissism -- Preliminary therapeutic attitude : the provocative object as a path to primordiality : Picasso and Duchamp -- The geometrical cure : art as a matter of principle : Mondrian and Malevich -- The expressive cure : art as the recovery of primal emotion : expressionism and surrealism -- Fame as the cure-all : the charisma of cynicism : Andy Warhol -- Enchanting the disenchanted : the artist's last stand : Joseph Beuys -- The decadence or cloning and coding of the avant-garde : appropriation art
Control code
26129979
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
175 p.
Isbn
9780521413459
Lccn
92001733
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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