lecture7 - VII 8 April Peter Brger argues that autonomous...

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VII. 8 April Peter Bürger argues that autonomous art movements are not the same as the historical avant-garde. Autonomous: bourgeois, art for art’s sake, affirmative Avant-garde: rooted in socialist tradition, response to WWI and Bolshevik revolution What are goals of avant-garde? --Criticize modernism --Realign avant-garde art with the practice of social life -Dada -Disrupt common sense What was being rejected? Formalism Aesthetic ‘effect’ Achievement of expression Marcel Duchamp, Bottle Rack, 1914 -Attempt at radical rejection…but nonetheless it establishes the discourse of the avant-garde -Critique of: conventional skills of representation artistic authority -Targets categories of ‘significant form,’ ‘individual expression,’ ‘aesthetic response’ What does Bottle Rack tell us about art? -There is no essence of art that distinguishes art object from any other object
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What makes it ‘art’ ? -What we do with it… is what kind of language ‘games’ we play around it (discourse) -Bottle Rack only has meaning within discourse of modern art.
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