Falling Through Postmodernism. Volume One: Blindness (Volume 1)

 
9780692412053: Falling Through Postmodernism. Volume One: Blindness (Volume 1)

After Postmodernism, it is now time to return to an abandoned territory in search of our own blindness. What did we not see during the age of theorizing, to what were we blind? In three substantial case studies this volume, the first of three books on Postmodernism, the author closely examines some of the remains of a lost era. Cultural blindness is the result of a social wounding that some artists find the courage to examine. Although the paintings of Anselm Kiefer were celebrated globally, the historical content and political meanings of these works were lost in the transition from Germany to other nations. It now time to recover the political challenges presented by Kiefer’s art and to make his hard questions visible again. Working obsessively for decades, German artist Günther Förg photographed the historical remnants of modern architecture built between the wars, buildings with histories dark and light, knitted unobtrusively into contemporary urban fabrics. By juxtaposing photographs of fascist and modernist architects, the photographer seemed to have been pondering the morality of architecture in an age of compromise and collusion and asking the viewers to re-see and re-consider old choices. More recently, the ethics of subject matter surfaced in a rare public discourse surrounding a small group of disturbing photographs we have collectively refused to look at. What are the limits of looking, and, on a certain day in September of 2001, did we find the end point of our collective imagination and encounter the twenty-first century Sublime? From what did we what did we turn away in our willful blindness? This book goes back in time to look again at our blindness.

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Art historian and art critic, Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette lives and works in Los Angeles. An art historian at Otis College of Art and Design, the widely published author covers the local art scene and is the publisher of the website Art History Unstuffed. With an international audience, this website and its accompanying podcasts provides the 21st version of learning about art, history, philosophy and theory. Synthesizing the most updated research and commentary on topics in modern and contemporary art and theory, the website issues weekly posts which explain challenging concepts for an audience of art history peers and advanced students of art and philosophy. The posts are arranged chronologically and are designed to built knowledge over a series of discussions, establishing the intellectual context and the aesthetic matrix for cultural production. Beginning art history students are invited to view a series of almost thirty videos, written and produced by Dr. Willette, on the survey of art, an Art History Timeline, from the caves through Romanticism, accessed through iTunesU and YouTube by thousands of readers. In addition to Art History Unstuffed, Dr. Willette has published a book of her podcasts, Art History Unstuffed: The Podcasts is available through the iBookstore. Long interested in the creation and construction of discourses, Dr. Willette has published a book on the intellectual matrix of original art critical response to Cubism, The Writing of Cubism: The Construction of a Discourse 1910-1914 and New Artwriting. Creating a Culture of Cyber Criticism. Dr. Willette's writings can also be found with Heathwood Press, an English journal of philosophy, where she is a contributing writer.

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