Artmaking in the Age of Global Capitalism

Visual Practices, Philosophy, Politics

Jan Bryant

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Asks what political art look like today, and how art can act critically under neoliberalism
  • Explores the political and economic forces that began changing social realities from the 1970s forward
  • Digs down into these divisions to detail clashes between supposed writers, theorists and artists
  • Includes 4 extended essays on practices that respond critically to contemporary political and economic conditions
  • Offers an alternative approach to understanding art’s historical antecedents by avoiding received art-historical narratives or canonical figures
  • Will appeal to cross-disciplinary readers who are looking for critical distance from disciplinary limitations or confinement
  • Illustrated with photographs of works by Frances Bareett, Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet, Angela Brennan, Alex Monteith and Sarah Munro

Jan Bryant looks at the strategies visual artists and filmmakers are using to criticise the social and economic conditions shaping our historical moment. She then assesses how the world is being positively re-imagined through their work today.

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Introduction: The Gift of Being Disgusted

Part I: Still Deep in the Bones of the Bourgeoisie

Introduction

1. Benjamin’s Challenge for the 21st Century

2. A Community of Sense

3. Crisis on the Left

4. ‘Efficient Market Ideology’

Part II: Encounters From The 20th Century

Introduction

5. Encounter One: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Italo Calvino

6. Encounter Two: Lefebvre and Blanchot

7. Encounter Three: Art and the Socialist State

Part III: Political-Aesthetics and Contemporary Artists

Introduction

8. Frances Barrett–A Politics To Come

9. The Intruder (Claire Denis)

10. The Politics of Painting: Cliché, Fashion, Mimesis

11. Na Trioblóidí and Decolonisation (Alex Monteith)

Conclusion

Index
Jan Bryant has reopened the question of the relationship between politics and art via a thorough investigation of contemporary philosophy and an important number of artistic practices. Moving beyond the sterility of the identification of art with conceptualism by investigating practices that remain attentive to art’s materiality, Bryant has written a book that will be equally important for practioners as well as those involved in the critical evaluation of contemporary art.
Andrew Benjamin, Kingston University London and University of Technology Sydney
Jan Bryant is Senior Lecturer in Theory of Art & Design at Monash University, Australia. She is the author of numerous catalogue essays and journal articles and has curated several international exhibitions.

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