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The author of the book: Hal Foster
Edition: New Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1999
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Modernity- An Incomplete Project
The Discipline of Aesthetic Modernity
Aesthetic modernity is characterized by attitudes which fin a common focus in a changed consciousness of time. The purpose of things vanguard and avant-garde is to find uncharted territory. This is in conflict with modernist notions of the myth of progress, in tune with classical and Enlightenment sentiments. Because the avant gard focuses on the unknown and lack of concrete futures, modernity holds interest in the sublime moment of passing, ephemerality, the unstable, dynamism, and the elusive. This discloses a longing for an undefiled immaculate and stable present.
Cultural Modernity and Societal Modernization
Defines conservative (Pre-modernism) and neo conservative (Anti-modernism) and references Daniel Bell's capitalism and how the two wings reconcile their own identity while holding up against the other in terms of art practices.
The Project of Enlightenment
References Max Weber and follows the evolution of 1.Science, 2.Morality, and 3.Art from the 18th Century to the present; and discusses how separation from hermeneutics has changed our society's focus.
Truth, normative rightness, authenticity, beauty.
Knowledge, justice & morality, taste.
Institutionalized specialization and expertise.
The False Programs of the Negation of Culture
For every movement or idea, there is an anti movement.
Young Hegelians pursued a negation of philosophy. Marx's theory and practice sought to enlist a program to negate philosophy through social movement. The surrealist movement sought to negate art. References Theodor W. Adorno's "Aesthetic Theory": "It is now taken for granted that nothing which concerns art can be taken for granted anymore: Neither art itself, nor art in its relationship to the whole, nor even the right of art to exist.
The radical attempt to negate art did two things. 1.Nothing remains from a de-sublimated meaning or de-structured form. 2.Cognitive meanings, moral expectations, subjective expressions and evaluations all come into question within art practices (anything goes). Cross reference Walter Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction".
References Peter Weiss' "Die Asthetik des Widerstands" (The Aesthetics of Resistance) (Novel, 1975) in which the young neo conservatives step outside the modern world by having a de-centered subjectivity emancipated from the imperatives of work and usefulness. This was written at the height of the German constructivist movement.
Habermas describes the modern world view to have a procedural rationality and defines the modern world as a decline of substansive reason and as the differentiation of science, morality, and art. Poses that Neo-Aristotelianism enjoys success today and pegs Leo Strauss as the father of this movement.
Habermas closes with these 3 statements:
1. Science is meaningless for orientation of world life.
2. Politics should be kept far from moral-practical justification.
3. Art should have Utopian content- immanence of art- keep the aesthetic experience democratic and public. (References Wittgenstein, Carl Schmitt, and Gottfried Benn.)
Discard the project of modernity and replace with tradition. Tradition is immune to demands of normative justification and validation.
Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance
1. Culture and Civilization
2. The Rise and Fall of the Avant-Garde
3. Critical Regionalism and World Culture
4. The Resistance of the Place-Form
5. Culture Versus Nature: Topography, Context, Climate, Light and Tectonic Form
6. The Visual Versus the Tactile
Sculpture in the Expanded Field
On the Museum's Ruins
The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism
A Remarkable Oversight
A La Recherche du Récit Perdu
The Visible and the Invisible
Discusses the intersection of the feminist critique of patriarchy and the postmodern critique of representation. Owens in interested in a Lacaanian context of feminism, specifically in terms of Saussurian structuralist linguistics. Through the introduction of heterogeneity, discontinuity, glossolalia, etc- put the supject of representation in crisis. The avant garde wanted to transcend representation in favor of presence and immediacy- in favor of the ephemeral. This proclaimed autonomy of the signifier which led postmodernists to believe in the "Tyranny of the Signified."
Cross references Laura Mulvey's 1975 essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" which discusses the masculinity of the cinematic gaze.
The Object of Post-Criticism
Gregory L. Ulmer
Postmodernism and Consumer Society
Discusses image pastiche in terms of the new image-linguistics. Argues that pastiche is neutral and lacks parody's sense of humor. Pastiche can only be nullified by nostalgia. Discusses the image-metonymy in terms of signifier, signified, and the referent.
Discusses the loss of timelessness and history in the post modern aesthetic and the old tension between city and country life are gone. "Our entire contemporary social system has little by little begun to lose its capacity to retain its own past."
The Ecstasy of Communication
Opponents, Audiences, Constituencies and Community
Edward W. Said
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Read information about the authorHal Foster is a Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University specializing in 20th century art.
Note: for the comic book artist, see Harold "Hal" Foster.
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