Postmodernism. Eleanor Heartney. () Differences That Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism. Universal Abandon: The Politics of Postmodernism. “The postmodern revolution replaced the Modernist faith in universality, authenticity, and artistic progress with a world that turned artworks into texts, history into. In clear, jargon-free language, Eleanor Heartney situates Postmodernism She then analyzes paradigmatic Postmodern works of art by artists such as Cindy.

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Preview — Postmodernism by Eleanor Heartney. This volume is an introduction to the intellectual movement known as Postmodernism and its impact on the visual arts. In clear, jargon-free language, Eleanor Heartney situates Postmodernism historically, showing how it developed both in reaction to and as a result of some of the fundamental beliefs underlying Modernism, especially its positivist, universalizing aspects.

Sh This volume is an introduction to the intellectual movement known as Postmodernism and its impact on the visual arts. Postmodernism provides a concise and articulate overview of the Postmodern phenomenon. She is also the author of Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads Cambridge, She lives in New York. Paperback80 pages. Movements in Modern Art. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Postmodernismplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 02, Ivan added it. Heralded as a return to figurative painting and self-expression in the wake of the arid irony and distance of the ss, in fact several of the so-called neo-expressionists were already at work in those decades, but only achieved recognition in the s.

Heartney describes it as an exclusively male movement, ignoring the likes of Paula Rego and Eileen Cooper, and fails to take issue with the inadequate label in which she includes styles as varied as realism, neo-classicism and street art. However, others used painting as their medium in a strategy of subversion from within, challenging notions of personal style and expression.


Others used appropriation plagiarism by another name to question notions of authorship and originality. Ironically, and hypocritically, these artists were no more immune to the art market than the neo-expressionists. Specializing in simulation copies without a real originalthey made mostly either products that looked like old-fashioned art or art that looked like mass-produced commercial products.

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A dead end according to Heartney although the likes of Jeff Koons continues to make millions today. The last two sections can be bracketed together in the sense of dealing ppstmodernism the marginalised in society, and being concerned partly with deconstructing history, canons, hierarchies, and stereotypes. As uncomfortable with the art of the past as the anti-aesthetes, some of their work seems closer in spirit to satirical journalism and political polemic or activism than art.

Heartney concludes that, although a much-needed corrective to Greenberg, its contradictions, negations and absurdities undermined postmodernism itself, but it leaves a lasting legacy.

In fact the then fashionable philosophical ideas behind it are usually more interesting than the art itself, and once explicated the art objects sometimes seem redundant. If abstraction form without content and conceptualism content without form are the elenaor cul-de-sacs of Modernism, much of Postmodernism makes it seem another failed project, as it also tends to throw out the baby with the bath water.

In ditching the aesthetic in favour of critical discourse, etc. Greenberg has a lot to answer for, since most art since about seems to be about proving him wrong!


Unfortunately, the series seems to end here. Jul 07, Rose London rated it really liked it. I definitely would not describe this book as “jargon-free” – even for a fairly astute student such as myself, a few paragraphs in the book really almost cross the line into jargon for jargon’s sake. In spite of this, I really loved this book.

Gave me a great introduction to a very complicated idea. I was after a simplified way of understanding Postmodernism, and thats pretty much what I got. A short book that gives a brief overview of some of the movements and concepts within Postmodernism.


Easy to read, touching on a collection of Artists who are relevant within it’s parameters, without going into much depth. Sep 08, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 30, Carol rated it it was ok Shelves: Not really a good read. Aug 26, Kim rated it it was ok. I read this for school.

Just blurbs and definitions of different art styles. Mar 23, Scotty rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 09, Lisa rated it it was amazing.

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