Title :

Memory and oblivion in contemporary American art : the lesson of Artforum

Author :
CARRIER, David ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
In the 1980s, historiographers and philosophers had a great deal to say about postmodernism, and the claim that there recently had been a break with historical tradition. Within the American artworld, since the 1970s, the single most influential journal has been Artforum. One good way of defining American critics' conceptions of this issue, then, is to look at the changing ways that this journal has defined its role. In the 1970s, Artforum very often presented full discussions of early modernism; and when it introduced younger artists, it frequently looked for precedents for their concerns. In the 1990s, Artforum has given to cultural studies the role that once it gave to early modernist art. There is much less concern with art's connection to the past, and much more interest in a social role of novel work. In an obvious way, the claim that contemporary art breaks with tradition thus becomes less a fact about this art, than a choice about how it is presented. How should we understand the meaning of this change, and what lessons might we draw about its effect on art? ;
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French keywords :
Art ; Artforum (New York, 1962+) ; Critique d'art ; Etats-Unis ; Histoire de l'art ; Méthodologie ; Revue d'art ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Art criticism ; Art history ; Art periodicals ; Artforum (New York, 1962+) ; Methodology ; United States ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975681 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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