Undoing Art

M A Caws, M. Delville

Publisher Quodlibet

ISBN 9788822900722

Idea Code 17363

What do Stéphane Mallarmé, Antonin Artaud, Meret Oppenheim, Asger Jorn, Yoko Ono, Tom Phillips, and Martin Arnold have in common? Whereas a wealth of critics have diagnosed contemporary art’s preoccupations with madness, depression, and self-abuse, as well as its tendency to cultivate an (anti-)aesthetics of the negative, the excremental, and the abject, much less attention has been paid to how modern artists and publics have thrived on the destruction, disfiguration, and obliteration of work by the artists and/or by that of others. This book recounts the history of “undoing” art in a positive mode, rescued from popular narratives of the decline and death of the avant-garde.

96 p, ills bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, English


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