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Re-envisioning the contemporary art canon: perspectives in a global world

Re-envisioning the contemporary art canon: perspectives in a global world

Iskin, Ruth, editor

Re-envisioning the Contemporary Art Canon: Perspectives in a Global World seeks to dissect and interrogate the nature of the present-day art field, which has experienced dramatic shifts in the past 50 years. In discussions of the canon of art history, the notion of `inclusiveness', both at the level of rhetoric and as a desired practice is on the rise and gradually replacing talk of `exclusion', which dominated critiques of the canon up until two decades ago. The art field has dramatically, if insufficiently, changed in the half-century since the first protests and critiques of the exclusion of `others' from the art canon. With increased globalization and shifting geopolitics, the art field is expanding beyond its Euro-American focus, as is particularly evident in the large-scale international biennales now held all over the globe. Are canons and counter-canons still relevant? Can they be re-envisioned rather than merely revised? Following an introduction that discusses these issues, thirteen newly commissioned essays present case studies of consecration in the contemporary art field, and three commissioned discussions present diverse positions on issues of the canon and consecration processes today. This volume will be of interest to instructors and students of contemporary art, art history, and museum and curatorial studies

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Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Ruth E. Iskin
ISBN: 1317275047, 9781317275039, 9781317275046
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 volume : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Museology & heritage studies; Art and Design; The arts: general issues; History of art; Art and globalization.; Modernism; Art and globalization History 20th century.; Canon (Art)
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138192683


  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction
  4. Re-envisioning the Canon: Are Pluriversal Canons Possible?
  5. Ruth E. Iskin
  6. Part I: Artists
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1
  9. Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore: Casualties of a Backfiring Canon?
  10. Tirza True Latimer
  11. Chapter 2
  12. Jean-Michel Basquiat and the American Art Canon
  13. Jordana Moore Saggese
  14. Chapter 3
  15. Sheila Hicks and the Consecration of Fiber Art
  16. Elissa Auther
  17. Chapter 4
  18. The Elephant in the Church: Ai Weiwei, the Media Circus and the Global Canon
  19. Wenny Teo
  20. Chapter 5
  21. El Anatsui’s Abstractions: Transformations, Analogies and the New Global
  22. Elizabeth Harney
  23. Part II: Mediums/Media
  24. Introduction
  25. Chapter 6
  26. The Apotheosis of Video Art
  27. William Kaizen
  28. Chapter 7
  29. Performance Art: Part of the Canon?
  30. Jennie Klein
  31. Chapter 8
  32. Street Art: Critique, Commodification, Canonization
  33. Paula J. Birnbaum
  34. Chapter 9
  35. New Media Art and Canonization: A Round-Robin Conversation
  36. Sarah Cook with Karin de Wild
  37. Part III: Exhibitions, Museums, Markets
  38. Introduction
  39. Chapter 10
  40. On the Canon of Exhibition History
  41. Felix Vogel
  42. Chapter 11
  43. Canonizing Hitler’s "Degenerate Art" in Three American Exhibitions, 1939‒1942
  44. Jennifer McComas
  45. Chapter 12
  46. Museum Relations
  47. Martha Buskirk
  48. Chapter 13
  49. The Commodification of the Contemporary Artist and High-Profile Solo Exhibition
  50. The Case of Takashi Murakami
  51. Ronit Milano
  52. Chapter 14
  53. Troubling Canons: Curating and Exhibiting Women’s and Feminist Art, A Roundtable Discussion
  54. Helena Reckitt
  55. Chapter 15
  56. The Contemporary Art Canon and the Market, A Roundtable Discussion
  57. Jonathan T. D. Neil
  58. List of Contributors
  59. Index