Art on the edge and over: searching for art's meaning in contemporary society, 1970s-1990s

Front Cover
Art Insights, Inc., 1996 - Art - 264 pages
6 Reviews
Recognizing that art at the end of the twentieth century changes too quickly and is too multifaceted and unfamiliar to be automatically understood, Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society explains the intractably avant-garde art of the 1970s, 80s and 90s by searching for art's meaning within the context of popular culture and the common trends that have led to such new forms of expression. This one-of-a-kind resource is composed of 35 easy-to-read, chapter-long essays that each cover a particular deviation from conventional art practices (such as smell as an aesthetic ingredient, shopping as a creative process or blood, pollen, discarded dolls and toxic earth as a medium of expression.) Within each chapter, the theme discussed is illuminated by and elucidates the work of one particular artist (such as Laurie Simmons, Wolfgang Laib, On Kawara, Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, David Hammons, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Salle, Janine Antoni, Rosemarie Trockel, Andres Serrano, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Kruger, Vito Acconci, and Mike Kelley). An easy-to-follow guide to the unconventional art of our contemporaries, Art on the Edge and Over is a vital resource for all those interested in art history, studio art, aesthetics, and contemporary society.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
2
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970s-1990s

User Review  - Helen - Goodreads

As a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and I was particularly interested in reading about artists whose work we have in our collection or who have given talks and shows on campus. I ... Read full review

Review: Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970s-1990s

User Review  - Greg Tatum - Goodreads

Now why again did I major in contemporary sculpture? Read full review

Contents

SOME PROCESSES
122
Donald Sultan constructs paintings in the manner of
131
Rosemarie Trockel elicits
140
Copyright

4 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1996)

Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto was born in 1924. He received a B.A. from Wayne State University in 1948 and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, in 1949 and 1952, respectively. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1951 and has been a professor since 1966. He has received many fellowships and grants including two Guggenheims, ACLS, and Fulbright, and has served as Vice-President and President of the American Philosophical Association, as well as President of the American Society for Aesthetics. His book Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, a collection of art criticism, won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Prize for Criticism. He is also the art critic for The Nation and an editor for the Journal of Philosophy.

Bibliographic information