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A compact and accessible introduction to recent contemporary art history, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 , Second Edition, focuses on seven important themes that have recurred in art over the past few decades: identity, the body, time, place, language, science, andspirituality. The opening chapter provides a concise overview of the period, analyzing how five key changes (the rise of new media, a growing awareness of diversity, globalization, the influence of theory, and interactions with everyday visual culture) have resulted in an art world with dramaticallyexpanded boundaries. The remaining seven chapters each feature an introduction to one thematic topic; a brief look at historical influences; a detailed analysis of how contemporary artists have responded to and embodied aspects of the theme in specific works; and two profiles of artists who haveextensively explored aspects of the theme in their work. The book's thematic organization encourages students, gallery goers, and other readers to think actively and critically about the ideas expressed in the artwork instead of simply memorizing "who, what, when, and where."Themes of Contemporary Art , Second Edition, features more than 125 vivid illustrations (including 21 in color) that exemplify a wide variety of materials, techniques, theoretical viewpoints, and stylistic approaches from artists of diverse ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. It alsoincludes an updated timeline that situates art within the context of the time it was created.
Jean Robertson is Professor of Art History and Craig McDaniel is Associate Dean and Professor of Fine Art, both at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. They are coauthors of Painting as a Language: Materials, Technique, Form, Content (2000).
Table of Contents
|Themes of Contemporary Art: What, Why, and How Format of the Book|
|The Art World Expands|
|Overview of History and Art History: 1980-2008|
|Old Media Thrive, New Media Make Waves|
|The Art World Goes Global Theory Waxes and Wanes|
|Art Meets Contemporary Culture Post Studio Art Practice|
|Time and Art History Representing time|
|Embodying time Changing Views of Time Changing Views of the Past|
|Exhibits about Time Exploring the Structure of Time Fracturing time|
|Real time Changing rhythm Exploring endlessness|
|Revisiting the Past Recovering history|
|Reshuffling the past Reframing the present Commemorating the Past|
|Profile #1: Brian Tolle|
|Profile #2: Cornelia Parker|
|Places Have Meanings Places|
|Have Value Exhibits about Place History's|
|Influence (Most) places exist in space|
|The work of art exists in a place Looking at Places|
|Looking Out For Places Constructing (and Deconstructing)|
|Artificial Places Placeless Spaces What's Public?|
|Profile #1: Janet Cardiff|
|Profile #2: Unilever Series at Tate Modern|
|Identity in Art History Identity is Communal or Relational Social and cultural identities|
|Identity is Constructed Essentialism|
|Difference Identity is Not Fixed|
|Sexual Identity is Diverse Hybridity Reinventing Identities|
|Profile #1: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith|
|Profile #2: Shirin Neshat|
|Past Figurative Art A New Spin on the Body|
|The body is a battleground|
|The body is a sign People are bodies|
|The Body Beautiful Different bodies|
|Body parts Mortal Bodies Sexual Bodies|
|The gaze Sexual pleasure and desire Sex and violence Post-Human Bodies|
|Profile #1: Renee Cox|
|Profile #2: Zhang Huan|
|Words with Art: A History Art with Words|
|A History Recent Theories of Language Reasons for Using Language Exhibitions and Publications|
|Concerning Language in Art Language Makes Meaning Language Takes|
|Form Transparency and translucency Spatiality and physicality|
|Books made by artists Art made with books|
|Wielding the Power of Language Confronting the Challenge of Translation|
|Using Text in the Information Age|
|Profile #1: Ken Aptekar|
|Profile #2: Nina Katchadourian|
|What is Science?|
|The Scientific Impulse|
|The Scientific Method Artists as Amateur Scientists|
|Artists Adopt Scientific Methods and Materials|
|Creole Technologies BioArt Science and Art: Intertwined Through History|
|The Ideology of Science Is Science Running Amok?|
|Activist Art Responds Recent Exhibits about science and art|
|The Visual Culture of Science Scientific imaging and art Deconstructing the visual culture of science Scientific displays|
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