Crisis of the Real
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Pbk, 6.5 x 9 in., 292 pgs, 44 b&w.
SPRING 2010 p. 40
"Today we face a condition in the arts that for many is both confusing and irritating--a condition that goes by the name postmodernism. But what do we mean when we call a work of art postmodernist? And what does postmodernism mean for photography? How does it relate to, and challenge, the tradition of photographic practice as Beaumont Newhall has so conscientiously described it? Why are the ideas and practices of postmodernist art so unsettling to our traditional ways of thinking? These are questions that need to be examined if we are to understand the nature of today's photography, and its relation to the larger art world.
What is postmodernism? Is it a method, like the practice of using images that already exist? Is it an attitude, like irony? Is it an ideology, like Marxism? Or is it a plot hatched by a cabal of New York artists, dealers and critics, designed to overturn the art-world establishment and to shower money and fame on those involved? These are all definitions that have been proposed, and, like the blind men's description of the elephant; they all may contain a small share of truth. But as I hope to make clear, postmodernist art did not arise in a vacuum, and it is more than a mere demonstration of certain theoretical concerns dear to twentieth-century intellectuals. I would argue, in short, that postmodernism, in its art and its theory, is a reflection of the conditions of our times…"
Andy Grunberg, excerpted from The Crisis of the Real.
NEW & FORTHCOMING
By John Berger. Edited and with introduction by Geoff Dyer.
Text by Lyle Rexer.
By Fred Ritchin.
By David Levi Strauss. Introduction by John Berger.
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