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- DescriptionThis major study offers a new understanding of the aesthetics and politics of postwar European and American art. Questioning the widespread assumption that the most invative practices were n-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 urthodox account of the artistic and political impulses shaping the diverse practices that emerged in mid-20th century art. The wide variety of both canical and lesser-kwn 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 book is a remarkably probing analysis of postwar art from one of the most important voices in art history today.
- Author BiographyAlex Potts is collegiate professor, history of art, at the University of Michigan.
- Author(s)Alex Potts
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication14/06/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note60 colour images + 120 b&w illustrations
- Weight1320 g
- Width191 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine38 mm
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