Art & Visual Culture 1850-2010: Modernity to Globalization by Steve Edwards

By Steve Edwards

The essays during this quantity have interaction at once with topical matters round artwork and gender, globalization, cultural distinction, and curating, in addition to explorations of key artists and pursuits and a few much less well-documented paintings via modern artists.

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Most of the stories it told were the narratives of classical antiquity and the Christian Bible, with a view to the edification of the spectator. Eventually, hitherto lowly genres such as still life and landscape, and also portraiture, began to establish some independence from this weighty expectation, and to some degree even began to address modern-day subjects. But the higher genres for long remained hidebound by the combination of classicism and Christianity. Indeed, the developing crisis of the academic system in the nineteenth century largely amounts to a combination of two forces: on the one hand, the challenge to Antique ideals posed by modernisation; on the other, art’s gradual exploration of a measure of independence – the organisation of its own surfaces and spaces to produce its own effects.

1974 [1936]) Cubism and Abstract Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art (exhibition catalogue). Baudelaire, C. (1981 [1859]) ‘On photography’ in Newhall, B.  112–13. Benjamin, W. (1983) Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, London, Verso. Bürger, P. (1984) Theory of the Avant-Garde, Manchester, Manchester University Press. J. (1984) The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers, London, Thames & Hudson. Duchamp, M. (1975) The Essential Writings of Marcel Duchamp (ed.

As chapters 7 and 8 show, a host of experimental forms and new media came to prominence: performance art, video, works made directly in or out of the landscape, installations, photography and a host of other forms and practices. These works often engaged with the representation of modernity and the shifting pattern of world power relations we call ‘globalisation’. 13 In these locations, people only recently out of the fields encountered the shocks and pleasures of grand-metropolitan cities. As the sociologist of modernity Georg Simmel (1858–1918) suggested: ‘the city sets up a deep contrast with small-town and rural life with reference to the social foundations of psychic life’.

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