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Surveying Contemporary Art: Post-War, Postmodern, and then what?
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Art history.
2009 (English)In: Art History, ISSN 0141-6790, E-ISSN 1467-8365, Vol. 32, no 4, 712-733 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article looks at influential survey texts on world art history since c. 1980, and considers how they have dealt with the art nearest to them in time. I examine the terminology used, and problems of classification, periodization, and history writing at large. In order to describe how these texts struggle with the terms contemporary and postmodern, I focus on their treatment of conceptual art and two artists: Joseph Beuys and Cindy Sherman. The symbolic and economic consolidation of contemporary art during the last decade or so prompts me to establish a broader frame of understanding, linking it to constructions of the contemporary in the nineteenth century and to the idea of co-existing temporalities for art.

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2009. Vol. 32, no 4, 712-733 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7884DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8365.2009.00699.xISI: 000268851500004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-69049089271OAI: diva2:410861

Även i:Art history : contemporary perspectives on method / edited by Dana Arnold.. - 2010. - ISBN: 978-1-4443-3359-6. S. 56-77.

Available from: 2011-04-15 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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