Patrick McElnea: Confronting Collage

PATRICK MCELNEA at the Daniel Weinberg Gallery Los Angeles, CA 90048 The Artist and Bricolage The postmodern artist was often referred to as “belated,” meaning that s/he comes “after” modernism. In the post-avant-garde art world, nothing could be new and astonishing....

The Insurgency of Independent Publishing

THE NEW AVANT-GARDE: RETURN TO CHANGE presented by Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette to the College Art Association, New York, New York Saturday, February 12, 2011  A hundred and forty years ago, the art world in Paris faced a self-imposed crisis—or to be more...

Frederic Jameson and Postmodernity, Part Three

FREDERIC JAMESON (1934-) Postmodernism and Consumer Society (1983) Part Three As a literary scholar, Frederic Jameson was trained in the generation of “close reading” and has used literary analysis combined with a neo-Marxism of Karl Marx and the idea of...

Frederic Jameson and Postmodernity, Part One

FREDERIC JAMESON (1934-) Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1984) Part One In 1992, Charles Jencks summed up his definition of the Postmodern in ”The Post-Modern Agenda” by saying the over the past ten years the debate had centered on whether the...

Postmodernism and the Meaning of Art

RE-DEFINING  ART AS TEXT in the POSTMODERN ERA Postmodernism promises endless creative play in contrast to Modernism, which, according to Roland Barthes (1916-1980), was a fraudulent attempt to find the universal in every solution. For Barthes, Structuralism, or the...

Postmodernism and Heteroglossia, Part Two

POSTMODERNISM AND HETEROGLOSSIA PART TWO Hybridity and Pluralism In her 1966 essay, “Word, Dialogue and Novel,” Julia Kristeva (1941-) privileged the term “Text,” insisting that the subject is composed of discourses, created by a signifying system.  The...
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