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Becoming Past: History in Contemporary Art

Jane Blocker


In 2009, Hal Foster initiated a questionnaire to prominent art historians, critics, and curators about the problem of the contemporary in which he stated that there is “a sense that, in its very heterogeneity, much present practice seems to float free of historical determination, conceptual definition, and critical judgment.” The responses he gleaned are just part of the recent scholarship in art and art history focused on understanding the nature and limits of the contemporary, and the significant debate about the problem of the contemporary for history. This book takes as its premise that th ... More

Keywords: contemporary, art history, history, writing, artists, critics, methodologies, conceptual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816696970
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Blocker, author
University of Minnesota