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Moving the goalposts: modernism and 'World art history'

Wood, Paul (2011). Moving the goalposts: modernism and 'World art history'. Third Text, 25(5) pp. 503–513.

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The author discusses the consequences of the academicisation of the social history of art, the way in which a project that was initially a response to pressing issues both inside and outside the academy has become increasingly institutionalised. To restore a wider relevance, he argues the need to open art history to the requirements of a contemporary ‘global imperative’, to play its part in the study of a global field of visual culture. But this is not simply a question of expanding the remit of existing art history. The focus is on the consequences for emergent world art studies of a critical engagement with the legacy of both modernism and conceptual art. The author considers four aspects of this: the impact of the decline of modernist binaries of ‘high/low’, and of ‘mainstream/provincial’, the idea of the autonomy of art, and contrasting definitions of the nature of ‘art’ itself.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Third Text
ISSN: 1475-5297
Keywords: world art studies; modernism; expanded field; avant-garde; autonomy; globalisation; John Baines; Whitney Davis; Paul Oskar Kristeller; Paul Wood
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30782
Depositing User: Paul Wood
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 16:32
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:34
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