Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975

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MIT Press, Feb 28, 2003 - Design - 632 pages
Eighteen essays written by Buchloh over the last twenty years, each looking at a single artist within the framework of specific theoretical and historical questions.

Some critics view the postwar avant-garde as the empty recycling of forms and strategies from the first two decades of the twentieth century. Others view it, more positively, as a new articulation of the specific conditions of cultural production in the postwar period. Benjamin Buchloh, one of the most insightful art critics and theoreticians of recent decades, argues for a dialectical approach to these positions.This collection contains eighteen essays written by Buchloh over the last twenty years. Each looks at a single artist within the framework of specific theoretical and historical questions. The art movements covered include Nouveau Realisme in France (Arman, Yves Klein, Jacques de la Villegle) art in postwar Germany (Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter), American Fluxus and pop art (Robert Watts and Andy Warhol), minimalism and postminimal art (Michael Asher and Richard Serra), and European and American conceptual art (Daniel Buren, Dan Graham). Buchloh addresses some artists in terms of their oppositional approaches to language and painting, for example, Nancy Spero and Lawrence Weiner. About others, he asks more general questions concerning the development of models of institutional critique (Hans Haacke) and the theorization of the museum (Marcel Broodthaers); or he addresses the formation of historical memory in postconceptual art (James Coleman). One of the book's strengths is its systematic, interconnected account of the key issues of American and European artistic practice during two decades of postwar art. Another is Buchloh's method, which integrates formalist and socio-historical approaches specific to each subject.

 

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Contents

MICHAEL ASHER AND THE CONCLUSION
1
THE TWILIGHT OF THE IDOL
41
OPEN LETTERS
65
MEMORY LESSONS AND HISTORY
141
MOMENTS OF HISTORY IN THE WORK
179
MEMORY
203
HANTA¤VILLEGL╔ AND THE DIALECTICS
243
FROM Yves Kleins
257
PARODY AND APPROPRIATION IN FRANCIS
343
READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHY
365
PROCESS SCULPTURE AND FILM
405
SPEROS OTHER TRADITIONS 1996
429
From FRAGMENT
443
ANDY WARHOLS ONEDIMENSIONAL ART
461
ANIMATE OBJECTS
531
THE POSTERS OF LAWRENCE WEINER 1986
555

SITUATING
285
STRUCTURE SIGN AND REFERENCE
305

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Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and an editor of October magazine. He is the author of Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 (MIT Press) and other books.

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