Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985

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9780631228677: Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985

Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 is a groundbreaking anthology that captures the essence and the edge of the contemporary art scene.


  • Provides the first truly comprehensive and international anthology of theory in contemporary art of the last two decades.
  • Brings together a broad selection of important contributions to the fields of contemporary art, theory, and culture from established and emergent art voices, including scholars, curators, critics, and artists from around the globe.
  • Focuses on key theoretical and aesthetic issues in contemporary art, such as cultural/multicultural theory, identity politics, AIDS, post-colonialism, globalization, and spectatorship.
  • Includes editorial material and 44 illustrations.

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Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 is a groundbreaking anthology that captures the essence and the edge of the contemporary art scene. Focusing on key theoretical and aesthetic issues in contemporary art in cultural, historical, and socio-political contexts, including media, architecture, postmodernism, multiculturalism, identity politics, censorship, AIDS, postcolonialism, globalization, technology, and spectatorship, this volume brings together a broad selection of important contributions that map out the role that critical theory has played in contemporary art. This anthology mixes established and emergent art voices, including scholars, curators, critics, and artists. Interdisciplinary in approach and drawing on a wide variety of sources, Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 brings together scholarly essays, artists' statements, and art reproductions to capture the vibrancy and dissonance that defines today's art scene.

About the Author:

Zoya Kocur is an independent scholar and adjunct faculty member of the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University. She co-edited Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (1996) and has published articles on art pedagogy and museum education.


Simon Leung is an artist and assistant professor in the Department of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (1993).

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