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After Nihilism

After Nihilism
Essays on Contemporary Art

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Part of Contemporary Artists and their Critics

  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2011
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521596985

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  • In After Nihilism, Wilfried Dickhoff examines the art work of Neo Avant-Garde European and American artists, including Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, and Philip Taaffe. Applying Adorno's concept of negative freedom in the autonomous work of art, he demonstrates how the works of these artists, in which the contradictions and paradoxes of deconstruction/ reconstruction; beauty/ sublime; difference/ indifference; affirmation/ negation; authenticity/cynicism; subject/ non-identity, are never resolved, thus creating images of competing complexities. Tracing the development of the Neo-Avant garde through the 1980s to the present, this collection provides indepth analysis of particular works of art and demonstrates the author's close engagement with and understanding of the contemporary art world.

    • Examines art of the 80s and 90s
    • Contains essays on well-known avant-garde artists: Howard Hodgkin, Joseph Beuys, Cindy Sherman
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    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521596985
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 172 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 79 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2011
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Theoretical Prelude:
    1. Inbetween being (t)here - a scenario of thoughts on the (im)possibilities of art
    Part II. Paths of a Different Presence:
    2. The Fautrier yardstick
    3. The unredeemed in Joseph Beuys' expanded art
    4. Marcel Broodthaer's determinate negation
    5. Gerhard Richter: painting's responsibility
    6. Brice Marden: ensouled form
    7. Howard Hodgkin: the carnal presence of emotion
    8. A. R. Penck: the import of the real
    9. Don Van Vliet: coherent deformation
    Part III. Theoretical Interlude:
    10. After Nihilism
    Part IV. Is There A Presence of Difference?:
    11. Francesco Clemente: be a curtain and tear your self apart
    12. Donald Baechler: on line
    13. Julian Schnabel's intensity program
    14. Walter Dahn: the painter in revolt
    15. Georg Dokoupil: the trivial position
    16. Dahn and Dokuouil: masks of (dis) enchantment
    17. Martin Kippenberger: filthy truth
    18. David Salle: on stages
    19. Ross Bleckner: traces of deathlessness
    20. Andreas Schulze: the family idiot
    21. Gunther Forg/Philip Taaffe: we are not afraid
    22. Philip Taaffe: the other (and the) ornament
    23. Rosemarie Trockel's encore
    24. Georg Herold: over-exposing and counter-illuminating the theater of meaning
    25. Cindy Sherman: portraits of becoming ano(r)mal
    26. Siegfried Anzinger: pre-figures of (possible) painting
    27. George Condo: (ir)real presences
    28. Albert Oehlen: beauty is a rare thing
    29. Frances Scholz: to a Line
    Part V. Pragmatical Apreslude:
    30. Blindmen, throw away your canes
    Notes.

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    Wilfried Dickhoff

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