Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part. I. Introduction -- 1. Writing contemporary art into history, a paradox? / Amelia Jones -- Part II. Decades -- 1945-60 -- 2. "America" and its discontents: art and politics 1945-60 / Gavin Butt -- 1960-70 -- 3. The 1960s: a decade out-of-bounds / Anna Dezeuze -- 1960-70 -- 4. "I'm sort of sliding around in place ... ummm ... ": art in the 1970s / Sam Gathercole -- 1980-90 -- 5. Pictures and positions in the 1980s / Howard Singerman -- 1990-2005 -- 6. 1990-2005: in the clutches of time / Henry M. Sayre. -- Part. III: Aesthetics -- Formalism -- 7. Form and formless / Caroline A. Jones -- Art as Idea -- 8. Re-thinking the "Duchamp effect" / David Hopkins -- Beauty -- 9. Regarding beauty / Margaret Morgan. -- Part IV: Politics -- Avant-Garde -- 10. Avant-garde: a historiography of a critical concept / Johanne Lamoureux -- Activism -- 11. Facture for change: US activist art since 1950 / Jennifer González and Adrienne Posner Culture wars -- 12. "The senators were revolted": homophobia and the culture wars / Jonathan D. Katz Art and its public(s) -- 13. Crowds and connoisseurs: art and the public sphere in America / Grant Kester.
Part. V: Identity/subjectivity -- The artist -- 14. The writerly artist: beautiful, boring, and blue / Carol Mavor -- Diaspora -- 15. Diaspora: multiple practices, multiple worldviews / Steven Nelson -- Feminism -- 16. Power and pleasure: feminist art practice and theory in the United States and Britain / Laura Meyer Queer -- 17. Queer wallpaper / Jennifer Doyle -- Race/Ethnicity -- 18. Alternative black art theories in contemporary art / Pauline de Souza -- Embodiment -- 19. The paradoxical bodies of contemporary art / Christine Ross. -- Part VI: Methods/theories -- Marxism -- 20. A shadow of Marx / Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska -- Poststructuralism -- 21. Poststucturalism and contemporary art, past, present, future ... / Sarah Wilson -- Postcolinial theory -- 22. "Fragments of collapsing space": postcolonial theory and contemporary art / Mark Crinson -- Visual culture -- 23. Visual culture studies: questions of history, theory, and practice / Marquard Smith. -- Part. VII: Technology -- Mass culture, high/low -- 24. "That's all folks": contemporary art and popular culture / Nick Mirzoeff Photography/Index -- 25. Image + text: reconsidering photography in contemporary art / Liz Kotz -- Spectacle/Appropriation -- 26. Imagine there's no image (It's easy if you try): appropriation in the age of digital reproduction / Dore Bowen Digital media -- 27. "Life-like": historicizing process and responsiveness in digital art / Maria Fernández.
A Companion to Contemporary Art is a major survey covering the major works and movements, the most important theoretical developments, and the historical, social, political, and aesthetic issues in contemporary art since 1945, primarily in the Euro-American context. * Collects 27 original essays by expert scholars describing the current state of scholarship in art history and visual studies, and pointing to future directions in the field. * Contains dual chronological and thematic coverage of the major themes in the art of our time: politics, culture wars, public space, diaspora, the artist, identity politics, the body, and visual culture. * Offers synthetic analysis, as well as new approaches to, debates central to the visual arts since 1945 such as those addressing formalism, the avant-garde, the role of the artist, technology and art, and the society of the spectacle.-- Bookdepository