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

By Steve Edwards

An innovatory exploration of artwork and visible tradition. via rigorously selected subject matters and subject matters instead of via a common survey, the volumes strategy the method of artistic endeavors by way of their audiences, capabilities and cross-cultural contexts. whereas taken with portray, sculpture and structure, it additionally explores quite a lot of visible tradition in quite a few media and methods.
“1850-2010: Modernity to Globalisation" contains essays which interact at once with topical matters round paintings and gender, globalisation, cultural distinction and curating, in addition to explorations of key canonical artists and hobbies and of a few much less well-documented paintings of up to date artists.
The 3rd of 3 textual content books, released via Tate in organization with the Open college, which perception for college kids of artwork historical past, artwork thought and Humanities.
creation: tales of contemporary art
half 1: artwork and modernity
1:Avant-garde and glossy global: a few features of art...

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Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), who is now seen as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, occupies an important place in this alternative story. 11 These activities brought him into the orbit of Dada in Paris and New York, but this was probably nothing more than a convenient alliance. Duchamp played games with words and investigated the associations of ordinary objects. He also messed around with gender conventions, inventing a female alter ego called Rrose Sélavy – a pun on ‘Eros, c’est la vie’ or ‘Eros is life’.

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’. 15 In Paris, the grand boulevards and new palaces of commercial entertainment went hand in hand with the ‘zone’, a vast shanty town ringing the city that was occupied by workers and those who eked out a precarious life. 16 This clash of ways of life generated different ways of inhabiting and viewing the city with class and gender at their core.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Photographed by Jean-Gilles Berizzi. Photo: © RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Jean-Gilles Berizzi. Try to write down what you, as a contemporary viewer, or reader (of a book like this), see. Show discussion End of exercise. What I have just described is my response to a coloured illustration in a book, a few inches square, with the characteristic sheen of such things, which in conjunction with the relatively small size can make it difficult to pick out details. If I were standing in front of the real thing, I would see differently.

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