After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance

Butt, Gavin, ed. 2005. After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance. Blackwell. ISBN 9780631232834 [Edited Book]

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It has recently become apparent that criticism has fallen on hardtimes. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, orit has become institutionally routine. This book explorescontemporary approaches which have sought to renew criticism′senergies in the wake of a ′theatrical turn′ in recent visual artspractice, and the emergence of a ′performative′ arts writing overthe past decade or so.

Issues addressed include the ′performing′ of art′s histories;the consequences for criticism of embracing boredom, distractionand other ′queer′ forms of (in)attention; and the importance ofexploring writerly process in responding to aesthetic experience.Bringing together newly commissioned work from the fields of arthistory, performance studies, and visual culture with the writingsof contemporary artists, After Criticism provides a set ofexperimental essays which demonstrate how ′the critical′ might liveon as a vital and efficacious force within contemporaryculture.

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Conceptually the book proposes an exploration of experimental and performative approaches to critical writing in the wake of 'the theatrical turn' in contemporary art production. It does this by bringing together newly commisioned work from writers in performance studies and art history/ visual culture with writings by artists and performers. This blurring of the boundaries between 'critical' and 'creative' genres of contemporary writing is what the book demonstrates through my particular selection of contributors.

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Visual Cultures



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24 Mar 2009 09:46

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06 Jun 2016 14:39


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