Emmet Cole – Interview with Donald Kuspit on The End of Art. A photographic detail from the Hirst installation Home, Sweet Home – consisting of a clutter of fag . The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism. By Donald A. d T. Peterson – – Modern Schoolman 69 (1) The end of art / Donald Kuspit. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 1. Art, Modern – 20th century. 2. Art – Philosophy.

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Is Art Over?

My professor and Kuspit shared a lot in common. History of Western Philosophy. I wasn’t sure if I should give this book one star or five. The End of Art points the way to the future for the visual arts. Art has been replaced by “postart,” a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity.

The exclusivity and spiritual purity handed down to it from critics on high soon wore thin. Kuspit is sad that art is no longer beautiful. Jennifer Dyer Harnish – – Lit. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 63 1: Science Logic and Mathematics. Books by Donald B. It was an age of “isms.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His choices are so goofy, and completely derail any power he had in his argument. Not surprisingly, an art that harbors a disdain of the world creates it own end game. Starting with Duchamp’s Readymadesit made its way through Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes and his association of art and business on into the ideological sloganeering of a Barbara Kruger, and more recently, into the utter vacancy and nihilism of Bruce Nauman’s Mapping the Studio I.


Robert rated it really liked it Jan 13, As important art, it relies on its conceptual edge and that conceptual edge is completely dependent on its other, more recognizable life as banal debris. Pettinger “Ever have one of those days Luca aart it really liked it Jan 05, All the mystical and repetitive talk of spirituality, transcendence, feelings, inner reality and the like starts to ring like a bad sermon after a while.

Donald Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. The fact that he had signed off on the debris set its sale price—in the hundreds of thousands of dollars—according to Heidi Reitmaier, head of special projects for the gallery. His Freudian attack on a brilliant guy like Duchamp was bad enough, and he completely lost me when he reduced all modern art including Mondrian and Malevich to a “cult of the unconscious”.

On the other front, a line of intellectual or mental art developed. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The End of Art

Peterson – – Modern Schoolman 69 1: When did ned lose its aesthetic import? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 16, John rated it liked it Shelves: Fortunately, The End of Art ends on a more hopeful note.


In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests. They were mean-spirited and un Kuspit is sad that art is no longer beautiful. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

He writes mostly in reaction to the YBAs, popular and controversial at that time, but what would he think of what’s currently happening, like net art? Marshall – – Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews I had to read this for an Aesthetics class while studing abroad in Poland.

And as a sitcom it would be funny, but as important art it’s just depressing. The End of Art points the way to the future for the visual arts.

Because modern art attempted to fill the dimensions left behind by religion, the battle raged with a kind of religious intensity. Although I agree with him on some of his conclusions about post-art, I am mostly terrified about how he gets there. Nor, for what it’s worth, do I.

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