The Return of the Real: The Avant-garde at the End of the Century

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MIT Press, 1996 - Art - 299 pages
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In The Return of the Real Hal Foster discusses the development of art and theorysince 1960, and reorders the relation between prewar and postwar avant-gardes. Opposed to theassumption that contemporary art is somehow belated, he argues that the avant-garde returns to usfrom the future, repositioned by innovative practice in the present. And he poses this retroactivemodel of art and theory against the reactionary undoing of progressive culture that is pervasivetoday.After the models of art-as-text in the 1970s and art-as-simulacrum in the 1980s; Fostersuggests that we are now witness to a return to the real -- to art and theory grounded in themateriality of actual bodies and social sites: If The Return of the Real begins with a new narrativeof the historical avant-garde; it concludes with an original reading of this contemporary situation-- and what it portends for future practices of art and theory, culture and politics.

  

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Review: The Return of the Real: Art and Theory at the End of the Century

User Review  - Ivan Labayne - Goodreads

just like in the book: "we can make value judgments that, in Nitzschean terms, are not only reactive but active, or in non-Nietzschean terms, not only distinctive but useful. this book is good ... Read full review

Review: The Return of the Real: Art and Theory at the End of the Century

User Review  - Toti P. - Goodreads

The artist as an etnographer is an important essay on contemporary art and the representations of the so called "other". Read full review

Contents

WHOS AFRAID OF THE NEoAvANTGARDE? I
3
THECRUXOFMlNIMALISM
35
THE PASSION OF THE SIGN
71
THE ART OF CYNICAL REASON iII
99
THE RETURN OF THE REAL
127
THE ARTIST AS ETHNOGRAPHER
171
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO POSTMODERNISM?
205
NOTES
227
INDEX
293
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Wing Thye Woo is Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development New Century Chair in International Trade and Economics at the Brookings Institution.

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