'The contemporary art world has become more inhospitable to “serious” intellectual activity in recent years. Critical discourse has been increasingly instrumentalised in the service of neoliberal art markets and institutions, and artists are pressurized by the demands of popularity and funding bodies. Set against this context, Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff raise the question of “seriousness” in art and culture. What is seriousness exactly, and where does it reside? Is it a desirable value in contemporary culture? Or is it bound up with elite class and institutional cultures?

Butt and Rogoff reflect on such questions through historical and theoretical lenses, and explore whether or not it might be possible to pursue knowledge and value in contemporary culture without recourse to high-brow gravitas. Can certain art forms—such as performance art—suggest ways in which we might be intelligent without being serious? And can one be serious in the art world without returning to established assumptions about the high-mindedness of the public intellectual?' - from back cover.

Includes bibliography and biographies of authors.

The other 2 publications in this series: Visual Cultures as Recollection and Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects are also in AAA's collection.
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Visual Cultures as...

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Onsite

Location code REF.ANJ2
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2013

No of pages

84

ISBN / ISSN

9783943365399

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1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Seriousness in Neoliberal Culture: A Conversation between Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff
Just a Camp Laugh? David Hoyle's Laden Levity

- Gavin BUTT

On Being Serious in the Art World

- Irit ROGOFF

Visual Cultures as Seriousness
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Visual Cultures as Seriousness