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- DescriptionIn the 1960s art fell out of time; both artists and critics lost their temporal bearings in response to what E. M. Cioran called t being entitled to time. This anxiety and uneasiness about time, which Pamela Lee calls chrophobia, cut across movements, media, and genres, and was figured in works ranging from kinetic sculptures to Andy Warhol films. Despite its pervasiveness, the subject of time and 1960s art has gone largely unexamined in historical accounts of the period. Chrophobia is the first critical attempt to define this obsession and analyze it in relation to art and techlogy.Lee discusses the chrophobia of art relative to the emergence of the Information Age in postwar culture. The accompanying rapid techlogical transformations, including the advent of computers and automation processes, produced for many an acute sense of historical unkwing; the seemingly accelerated pace of life began to outstrip any attempts to make sense of the present. Lee sees the attitude of 1960s art to time as a historical prelude to our current fixation on time and speed within digital culture. Reflecting upon the 1960s cultural anxiety about temporality, she argues, helps us historicize our current relation to techlogy and time.After an introductory framing of terms, Lee discusses such topics as presentness with repect to the interest in systems theory in 1960s art; kinetic sculpture and new forms of global media; the temporality of the body and the spatialization of the visual image in the paintings of Bridget Riley and the performance art of Carolee Schneemann; Robert Smithson's interest in seriality and futurity, considered in light of his reading of George Kubler's important work The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things and Norbert Wiener's discussion of cybernetics; and the endless belaboring of the present in sixties art, as seen in Warhol's Empire and the work of On Kawara.
- Author BiographyPamela M. Lee is Professor of Art History at Stanford University and the author of Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark and Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s, both published by the MIT Press.
- Author(s)Pamela M. Lee
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication17/03/2006
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note67 illus.
- Weight817 g
- Width203 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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