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    DescriptionThe Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist examines the philosophical, psychological and aesthetic premises for avant-garde art and its subsequent evolution and corruption in the late twentieth century. Arguing that modernist art is essentially therapeutic in intention, both towards self and society, Donald Kuspit further posits that neo-avant-garde, or post-modern art, at once mocks and denies the possibility of therapeutic change. As such, it accommodates the status quo of capitalist society, in which fame and fortune are valued above anything else. Stripping avant-garde art of its missionary, therapeutic intention, neo-avant-garde art instead converts it into a cliche of creative novelty or ironical value for its fashionable look. Moreover, it destroys the precarious balance of artistic narcissism and social empathy that characterizes modern art, tilting it cynically towards the former. Incorporating psychoanalytic ideas, particularly those concerned with narcissism, The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist offers a reinterpretation of modern art history. Donald Kuspit, one of America's foremost art critics, is a contributing editor to Artforum and the author of many books.


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    Title
    The Cult of the Avant-garde Artist
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donald B. Kuspit
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 188
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 280 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521469227
    ISBN 10: 0521469228
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25850
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: ABA
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    DC22: 709.04
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    B&T Approval Code: A02304043
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    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    31 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Back cover copy
    The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist examines the philosophical, psychological, and aesthetic premises for avant-garde art and its subsequent evolution and corruption in the late twentieth century. Arguing that modernist art is essentially therapeutic in intention, both toward self and society, Donald Kuspit further posits that neo-avant-garde, or postmodern, art at once mocks and denies the possibility of therapeutic change. As such, it accommodates the status quo of capitalist society in which fame and fortune count above everything else. Stripping avant-garde art of its missionary, therapeutic intention, neo-avant-garde art converts it into a cliche of creative novelty or ironic value for its fashionable look. Moreover, it destroys the precarious balance of artistic narcissism and social empathy that characterizes modern art, tilting it cynically toward the former. Incorporating psychoanalytic ideas, particularly those concerned with narcissism, The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist offers a reinterpretation of modern art history. Exemplary avant-garde and neo-avant-garde artists, including Picasso, Malevich, Warhol, and Beuys, and such movements as surrealism, expressionism, and appropriationism, are examined in depth to demonstrate their therapeutic aims and intentions, or lack thereof. The varieties of artistic expression and their attendant ideas are viewed in light of Kuspit's basic thesis, providing a fresh understanding of developments in the art of this century.
    Table of contents
    1. Avant-Garde and the neo-avant-garde: from the pursuit of the primordial to the nihilism of narcissism; 1A. The idealisation of the avant-garde artist as transmuter of value; 1B. Fame, fortune, publicity, paratism: The narcissistic illusions of the neo-avant-garde artist; 2. Preliminary therapeutic attitude: the provocative object as a path to primordiality (Picasso and Duchamp); 3. The geometrical cure: art as a matter of principle (Mondrian and Malevich); 4. The expressive cure: art as the recovery of primal emotion (Expressionism and Surrealism); 5. Fame as the cure-all, or the charisma of cynicism: Andy Warhol; 6. Enchanting the disenchanted, or the artist's last stand: Joseph Beuys; 7. The decadence or cloning of the avant-garde: appropriating art; Notes; Index.