After criticism: new responses to Art and performance

Butt, Gavin, ed. (2005) After criticism: new responses to Art and performance. New interventions in art history . Blackwell, Oxford & New Malden. ISBN 9780631232834

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Abstract

It has recently become apparent that criticism has fallen on hard times. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches which have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a 'theatrical turn' in recent visual arts practice, and the emergence of a 'performative' arts writing over the past decade or so. Issues addressed include the 'performing' of art's histories; the consequences for criticism of embracing boredom, distraction and other 'queer' forms of (in)attention; and, the importance of exploring writerly process in responding to aesthetic experience. Bringing together newly commissioned work from the fields of art history, performance studies, and visual culture with the writings of contemporary artists, "After Criticism" provides a set of experimental essays which demonstrate how 'the critical' might live on as a vital and efficacious force within contemporary culture.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0440 History of the arts
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Depositing User: Gavin Butt
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 08:58
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 08:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/64867
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