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After the Avant-Gardes : Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts (Paperback)

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After the Avant-Gardes is a rallying call for all those who challenge artistic modernism. This is a collection of ten provocative essays on the arts by writers of varied orientations who share a skepticism about the exaggerated role of modernism and the successive avant-gardes in shaping what is accepted as valid contemporary art. The essays cover painting and other visual arts, literature, music, and general observations. Not an exercise in hand-wringing, it looks for different directions in which the arts may fruitfully evolve.Paul A. Cantor contributes a study of the Norwegian anti-modernist painter Odd Nerdrum, who sees modernist art as totalitarian. Michelle Marder Kamhi criticizes the avant-gardist neglect of mimesis as a key to the cognitive and emotional functions of art. Henning Tegtmeyer evaluates Hegel’s and Danto’s views of the end of art.” Jonathan Le Cocq examines Karl Popper’s objections to progressivism in music. Frederick Turner presents a manifesto for a new avant-garde based on beauty, science, the general public as audience, and the reunion of high” with low” art. Paul Lake offers a new paradigm for literature. Louis Torres questions the privileged position, amounting to an institutional monopoly, of modernist avant-gardism in the arts world.
A rallying call for all those who have been disquieted or disgusted by the excesses of artistic modernism. This is a collection of ten provocative essays on the arts, by writers of varied orientations who share a skepticism about the exaggerated role of modernism and the successive avant-gardes in shaping what is accepted as valid contemporary art. The essays cover painting and other visual arts, literature, music, and general observations about all the arts. It is not an exercise in hand-wringing about the current state of the arts, but looks for different directions in which the arts may now fruitfully evolve.
Despite the diverse philosophies of the contributors, these essays together constitute a formidable case against the unhealthy impact of avant-gardism on our lives and aesthetic culture. The essays include the following, among others: a study of anti-modernist painter Odd Nerdrum, who sees modernist art as totalitarian; a critique of the avant-gardist neglect of mimesis as a key to art; an evaluation of ?the end of art?; a critique of modern art in light of ?the aesthetic harm principle?; an examination of Popper's objections to progressivism in music; the presentation of a new paradigm for literature.
Number of Pages: 244
Genre: Philosophy, Art
Sub-Genre: Aesthetics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pgw
Language: English
Street Date: January 12, 2016
TCIN: 16893088
UPC: 9780812698923
Item Number (DPCI): 247-42-0122
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