This comprehensive and authoritative study of post-war American art begins with Abstract Expressionism and concludes with the experimental and radical art of the beginning of the 21st century. Along the way David Joselit analyses what has shaped American art: how the mass media has framed the way in which artists view the world; how the issue of personal identity has emerged as a powerful political platform; and how traditional art media have been joined by readymade commodities, film, video, text and multiple other art forms. In juxtaposition with canonical movements and figures - Oldenburg, Johns, Warhol, Ruscha, Sherman, Schnabel, Koons and Barney - Joselit introduces lesser known contemporary artists and practices. Fully illustrated, this book offers a look at one of the most dynamic and controversial periods in art history.
David Joselit is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine.
1. The Private Gesture in Public: Art of the New York School - 2. Expanded Gestures: Painting of the 1950s - 3. The Media Public Sphere: Pop and Beyond - 4. Objects, General and Specific: Assemblage, Minimalism, Fluxus - 5. Art as Information: Systems, Sites and Media - 6. The Artist's Properties: From Conceptual Art to Identity Politics - 7. Commodity Lifestyles: From Appropriation to the Posthuman