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The End of Art by Donald Kuspit February 8

Our reading selection for February is "The End of Art'  by Donald Kuspit.  It is approximately 190+ pages and is available on amazon for $13.62. Below is the blurb from Amazon. 

As always, if you don't read the entire book, come anyway and enjoy the conversation.

Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by "postart," a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness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. Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works and theory of Marcel Duchamp and Barnett Newman, Kuspit argues that devaluation is inseparable from the entropic character of modern art, and that anti-aesthetic postmodern art is in its final state. In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests. In reaction to the emptiness and stagnancy of postart, Kuspit signals the aesthetic and human future that lies with the old masters. The End of Art points the way to the future for the visual arts. Donald Kuspit is Professor of Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. A winner of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, Professor Kuspit is a Contributing Editor at Artforum, Sculpture and New Art Examiner. His most recent book is The Cult of the Avant-Garde (Cambridge, 1994).

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  • Kit

    Good to see everyone.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Svetlana

    Inspiring to read more

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Emily M.

    I would be delighted to come. I am not an artist, but a marketing major college student. However, art as always enthralled me and I have yet to make the opportunity to explore it further on my own. My favorite class was art history, and now I help blog and copy edit for an independent art magazine. For the past few years, I have always wanted to explore art but have (sadly) never found the time to do it more on an insightful level.
    I will try my best to make it !

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Audra L.

    Wish I could make it! The book is very interesting; enjoy the discussion.

    February 7, 2014

  • Raghav N.

    I loved the discussion last time, but am traveling the weekend of Feb 8 and will be unable to attend the meetup. Have fun all :)

    January 27, 2014

  • Wendy

    I'm sorry, I won't be able to attend. I have a soap making class that day. I will read the book anyway.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Svetlana

    I have it from the library.

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Joey

    Just ordered via Amazon. If you choose a seller that offers free shipping but your order isn't large enough to qualify the shipping costs will be several times the usual $3.99. Read the fine print and make sure to check the total before you actually place the order.

    1 · January 7, 2014

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