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Barry Le Va - the aesthetic aftermath

by Michael Maizels | 01 October 2015
Category: Art & Design
Synopsis
Of the conceptual artists who began their careers in the 1960s and 1970s-Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden, Vito Acconci, and Mel Bochner among them-Barry Le Va may be the most elusive. As this first study of his work reveals, his rigorously planned art was instigated to mask its creator\u2019s intentions and methods, presenting itself as an \u201caftermath\u201d of modernism\u2019s claim to permanency and civil society\u2019s preferred mode of monumentalism.For Michael Maizels, Le Va\u2019s work constitutes a particularly productive subject of inquiry because it clearly articulates the interconnection between the avant-garde\u2019s distrust of autonomous art objects, two decades of social unrest, the emergence of information theory, and lingering notions of scientific objectivity. Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath explores how Le Va used such materials as shattered glass, spent bullets, sound recordings, scattered flour, and meat cleavers embedded in a floor to challenge the interlocking assumptions behind blind faith in lasting beauty, just government, and perfectible knowledge. Taking inspiration from popular crime novels as well as contemporary art theory, Le Va charged his viewers to attempt, like detectives at a crime scene, to decipher an order underlying the apparent chaos.Le Va\u2019s installations were designed to erode not simply the presumed autonomy of the art object but also the economic and political authority of the art establishment. In his concluding chapter, Maizels looks at the more fixed work of the past two decades in which Le Va turned to architectural themes and cast concrete to probe the limits of dynamism and the idea of permanence.
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Synopsis
Of the conceptual artists who began their careers in the 1960s and 1970s-Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden, Vito Acconci, and Mel Bochner among them-Barry Le Va may be the most elusive. As this first study of his work reveals, his rigorously planned art was instigated to mask its creator\u2019s intentions and methods, presenting itself as an \u201caftermath\u201d of modernism\u2019s claim to permanency and civil society\u2019s preferred mode of monumentalism.For Michael Maizels, Le Va\u2019s work constitutes a particularly productive subject of inquiry because it clearly articulates the interconnection between the avant-garde\u2019s distrust of autonomous art objects, two decades of social unrest, the emergence of information theory, and lingering notions of scientific objectivity. Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath explores how Le Va used such materials as shattered glass, spent bullets, sound recordings, scattered flour, and meat cleavers embedded in a floor to challenge the interlocking assumptions behind blind faith in lasting beauty, just government, and perfectible knowledge. Taking inspiration from popular crime novels as well as contemporary art theory, Le Va charged his viewers to attempt, like detectives at a crime scene, to decipher an order underlying the apparent chaos.Le Va\u2019s installations were designed to erode not simply the presumed autonomy of the art object but also the economic and political authority of the art establishment. In his concluding chapter, Maizels looks at the more fixed work of the past two decades in which Le Va turned to architectural themes and cast concrete to probe the limits of dynamism and the idea of permanence.
€34.99
104 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!


Product Details

ISBN - 9780816694693
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Published - 01/10/2015
Categories - All, Books, Art and Photography, Art, Art & Design
No. of Pages - 224
Weight - 348
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Page Size - 0
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
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