A Companion to Contemporary Art is a major survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context.
Collects 27 original essays by expert scholars describing the current state of scholarship in art history and visual studies, and pointing to future directions in the field.
Contains dual chronological and thematic coverage of the major themes in the art of our time: politics, culture wars, public space, diaspora, the artist, identity politics, the body, and visual culture.
Offers synthetic analysis, as well as new approaches to, debates central to the visual arts since 1945 such as those addressing formalism, the avant-garde, the role of the artist, technology and art, and the society of the spectacle.
Amelia Jones is Pilkington Professor in the History of Art at the University of Manchester. She has curated many exhibitions and is the author of Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (1994), Body Art/Performing the Subject (1998), and Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada (2004).
List of Figures ix Notes on Contributors xiv Series Editor s Preface xviii Acknowledgments xix Part I: Introduction 1 1 Writing Contemporary Art into History, a Paradox? 3 Amelia Jones Part II: Decades 17 1945 60 2 America and its Discontents: Art and Politics 1945 60 19 Gavin Butt 1960 70 3 The 1960s: A Decade Out-of-Bounds 38 Anna Dezeuze 1970 80 4 I m sort of sliding around in place . . . ummm . . . : Art in the 1970s 60 Sam Gathercole 1980 90 5 Pictures and Positions in the 1980s 83 Howard Singerman 1990 2005 6 1990 2005: In the Clutches of Time 107 Henry M. Sayre Part III: Aesthetics 125 Formalism 7 Form and Formless 127 Caroline A. Jones Art as Idea 8 Re-Thinking the Duchamp Effect 145 David Hopkins Beauty 9 Regarding Beauty 164 Margaret Morgan Part IV: Politics 189 Avant-Garde 10 Avant-Garde: A Historiography of a Critical Concept 191 Johanne Lamoureux Activism 11 Facture for Change: US Activist Art since 1950 212 Jennifer Gonzalez and Adrienne Posner Culture Wars 12 The Senators Were Revolted : Homophobia and the Culture Wars 231 Jonathan D. Katz Art and Its Public(s) 13 Crowds and Connoisseurs: Art and the Public Sphere in America 249 Grant Kester Part V: Identity/Subjectivity 269 The Artist 14 The Writerly Artist: Beautiful, Boring, and Blue 271 Carol Mavor Diaspora 15 Diaspora: Multiple Practices, Multiple Worldviews 296 Steven Nelson Feminism 16 Power and Pleasure: Feminist Art Practice and Theory in the United States and Britain 317 Laura Meyer Queer 17 Queer Wallpaper 343 Jennifer Doyle Race/Ethnicity 18 Implications of Blackness in Contemporary Art 356 Pauline de Souza Embodiment 19 The Paradoxical Bodies of Contemporary Art 378 Christine Ross Part VI: Methods/Theories 401 Marxism 20 A Shadow of Marx 403 Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska Poststructuralism 21 Poststructuralism and Contemporary Art, Past, Present, Future . . . 424 Sarah Wilson Postcolonial Theory 22 Fragments of Collapsing Space : Postcolonial Theory and Contemporary Art 450 Mark Crinson Visual Culture 23 Visual Culture Studies: Questions of History, Theory, and Practice 470 Marquard Smith Part VII: Technology 491 Mass Culture, High/Low 24 That s All Folks : Contemporary Art and Popular Culture 493 Nick Mirzoeff Photography/Index 25 Image + Text: Reconsidering Photography in Contemporary Art 512 Liz Kotz Spectacle/Appropriation 26 Imagine There s No Image (It s Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction 534 Dore Bowen Digital Media 27 Life-like : Historicizing Process and Responsiveness in Digital Art 557 Maria Fernandez Index 582