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Experiments in Modern Realism

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Издательство: Yale University Press
Год издания: 2013
ISBN: 9780300187687

This major study offers a new understanding of the aethetics and politics of postwar European and American art. Questioning the widespread assumption that the most innovative practices were non-representational, it shows how a powerful realist impulse operated alongside a strong commitment to abstraction. Alex Potts makes the case that the ambition to create work that engaged with the everyday and political realities of the world motivated much of the period`s vital experimentation with medium and artistic process. "Experiments in Modern Realism" is a refreshingly unorthodox account of the artistic and political impulses shaping the diverse practices that emerged in mid-twentieth century art. The wide variety of canonical and lesser-known work it features ranges from free-form paintings by Dubuffet and De Kooning and assemblages by Rauschenberg and Fahlstrom to actions and happenings by Beuys and Kaprow. Engaging the fields of history, literature, politics, cultural theory, and art history, this unique book i