Neo-avant-garde

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David Hopkins
Rodopi, 2006 - Art - 454 pages
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The neo-avant-garde of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, is due for a thoroughgoing reassessment. This collection of essays represents the first full-scale attempt to deal with the concept from an interdisciplinary standpoint. A number of essays in this book concentrate on fine art, particularly painting and sculpture, thereby adding significantly to the growing art historical literature in the field, but a number of the contributions also focus on poetry, performance, theatre, film, architecture and music. Given that there are also major essays here dealing with geographical blindspots in current neo-avant-garde studies, with thematic issues such as art's entanglement with gender, mass culture and politics, with key neo-avant-garde publications, and with the purely theoretical problems attaching to the theorisation of the topic, this collection offers a multi-dimensional approach to the subject which is noticeably lacking elsewhere. Taken together these essays represent a consolidated attempt at re-thinking the 'cultural logic' of the immediate post-World War II period.

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About the author (2006)

David Hopkins is Professor of Art History at the University of Glasgow. His previous publications include After Modern Art 1945-2000 (2000), Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction (2004) and Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst: The Bride Shared ( 1998 ) all published by Oxford University Presss.

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