When Marcel Duchamp arrived in New York in October 1926 with a consignment of Brancusi sculptures for a one-man exhibition of the sculptor's work, a series of events began which resulted in a new definition of art in America. The American Customs authorities denied Brancusi's sculptures the duty-free entry which normally applied to works of art, on the grounds that the works did not appear to be sculpture. Duchamp appealed on Brancusi's behalf, and the resulting trial, Brancusi vs. United States, became famous as the moment at which the legal definition ora work of art changed to embrace the modern. The trial focussed around the 1923 work, Bird in Space. Slender, tapered and bronze in color, with a mirror-like surface, to the authorities it appeared to be some kind of industrial object, certainly not one with the characteristics of art: Q: Why do you regard Exhibit I as not a work of art? A: It is too abstract and a misuse of the form of sculpture... I don't think it has the sense of beauty. Q: ... If it had been given a head to it would that have aroused that sense of beauty in you to designate it as art? Now, for the first time, the complete minutes of the trial are available -- reprinted from the original transcript preserved in the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.
Author: Margit Rowell,André Paleologue
Publisher: Vilo Publishing
Category: Art museums
A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad. Covers a broad range of topics, from disputes over public art, copyright, and obscenity, to the operations of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War Highlights detailed and at times shocking debates over the role of the rebellious artist within society
Why We Need the Arts
Author: Caroline Levine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Literary Criticism
Seit der Jahrtausendwende werden in Russland außergewöhnlich viele Gerichtsprozesse gegen Kunst, Künstler und Kuratoren geführt. Am Beispiel der beiden größten Prozesse gegen die Organisatoren der Ausstellungen "Achtung, Religion!" und "Verbotene Kunst 2006" befasst sich die Autorin mit dem Aushandeln der Bedeutung von Kunst(werken) und mit ihrer gesellschaftspolitischen Wirkung im Kontext des Gerichts. Im Fokus steht die Frage, mit welchen Mitteln durch die Prozesse versucht wird, einen normativen Kunstbegriff nicht nur argumentativ zu verhandeln, sondern auch dauerhaft und rechtlich verbindlich zu fixieren. Wie wird diskutiert, was die Kunst in Russland heute soll, darf und kann? Wie wirkt die Kunst? Und wo liegen die Grenzen der Kunstfreiheit?
Gerichtsprozesse gegen Kunst in Russland nach der Perestroika
Author: Sandra Frimmel
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar
Models of Integrity examines the relationship between contemporary art and the law through the lens of integrity. In the 1960s, artists began to engage conspicuously with legal ideas, rituals, and documents. The law—a primary institution subject to intense moral and political scrutiny—was a widely recognized source of authority to audiences inside the art world and out. Artists frequently engaged with the law in ways that signaled a recuperation of the integrity that they believed had been compromised by the very institutions entrusted with establishing standards of just conduct. These artists sought to convey the social purpose of an artwork without overstating its political impact and without losing sight of how aesthetic decisions compel audiences to see their everyday world differently. Addressing the role that law plays in enabling artworks to function as social and political forces, this important book fills a gap in the field of law and the humanities, and will serve as a practical “how-to” for contemporary artists.
Art and Law in Post-Sixties America
Author: Joan Kee
Publisher: University of California Press
In this gracefully written, accessible and entertaining volume, John Semonche surveys censorship for reasons of sex from the nineteenth century up until the present. He covers the various forms of American media—books and periodicals, pictorial art, motion pictures, music and dance, and radio, television, and the Internet. Despite the varieties of censorship, running from self-censorship to government bans, a common story is told. In each of the areas, Semonche explains via abundant examples how and why censorship took place. He also details how the cultural territory contested by those advocating and opposing censorship diminished over the course of the last two centuries.
A Historical Journey Through American Media
Author: John E. Semonche
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Forms offers a powerful new answer to one of the most pressing problems facing literary, critical, and cultural studies today—how to connect form to political, social, and historical context. Caroline Levine argues that forms organize not only works of art but also political life—and our attempts to know both art and politics. Inescapable and frequently troubling, forms shape every aspect of our experience. Yet, forms don't impose their order in any simple way. Multiple shapes, patterns, and arrangements, overlapping and colliding, generate complex and unpredictable social landscapes that challenge and unsettle conventional analytic models in literary and cultural studies. Borrowing the concept of "affordances" from design theory, this book investigates the specific ways that four major forms—wholes, rhythms, hierarchies, and networks—have structured culture, politics, and scholarly knowledge across periods, and it proposes exciting new ways of linking formalism to historicism and literature to politics. Levine rereads both formalist and antiformalist theorists, including Cleanth Brooks, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Mary Poovey, and Judith Butler, and she offers engaging accounts of a wide range of objects, from medieval convents and modern theme parks to Sophocles's Antigone and the television series The Wire. The result is a radically new way of thinking about form for the next generation and essential reading for scholars and students across the humanities who must wrestle with the problem of form and context.
Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network
Author: Caroline Levine
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Cases and Materials
Author: Robert C. Lind,Robert M. Jarvis,Marilyn E. Phelan
Author: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Library
Category: Art, Modern
A plea for public institutions to be open fields of learning, as formal education has its agenda set by notions of free market productivity. An "academy" can help to articulate incoherent dissatisfaction, and help to point us towards knowledge as yet unknown.
Author: Kunstverein in Hamburg,Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen,Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum,Siemens Arts Program
Publisher: Christoph Keller Revolver Verlag
Author: Edward Weisberger
Category: Art, Modern
das Museum von Donald Judd
a seventy-five-year treasury of ARTnews
Author: Barbaralee Diamonstein
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
›Wiedersehen mit Brideshead‹ ist das englische Gegenstück zum amerikanischen ›Großen Gatsby‹: das Porträt der Schönen und Reichen in den Jahren zwischen den Weltkriegen, die Chronik einer Vertreibung aus dem Paradies bei Anbruch der modernen Zeit – und die Geschichte einer unmöglichen Liebe.
Die heiligen und profanen Erinnerungen des Captain Charles Ryder
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG