Can fine art survive in an age of mass media? If so, in what forms and to what purpose? And can radical art still play a critical role in today's divided world?
These are the questions addressed in the Art in the Age of Mass Media, as John Walker examines the fascinating relationship between art and mass media, and the myriad interactions between high and low culture in a postmodern, culturally pluralistic world.
Using a range of historic and contemporary works of art, Walker explores the variety of ways in which artists have responded to the arrival of new, mass media. He ranges from the socialist paintings of Courbet to the anti-Nazi photomontages of Heartfield, from community murals and Keith Haring's use of graffiti to the kitsch self-promotion associated with Jeff Koons. The new edition describes what happened during the 1990s, including Toscani's adverts for Benetton, the simulations of Leeds 13, art and cinema, Damien Hirst, and the cyberart currently being produced for the internet.
John A. Walker (1937-2014) was Reader in Art and Design History at Middlesex University. He is the author of Art and Celebrity (Pluto, 2002), Art in the Age of Mass Media (Pluto, 2001), and Cultural Offensive: America's Impact on British Art Since 1945 (Pluto, 1998).
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Core Terms/Concepts 2. Art Uses Mass Culture 3. The Mass Media Use Art 4. Mechanical Reproduction and the Fine Arts 5. High Culture: Affirmative or Negative? 6. Cultural Pluralism and Post-Modernism 7. Alternatives 8. Art and Mass Media in the 1980s 9. Artists and New Media Technologies 10. War, The Media and Art in the 1990s 11. Conclusion Notes and References Bibliography Index