Publications

Lokagerð af kápuDecentring the Avant-Garde

 Edited by Per Bäckström and Benedikt Hjartarson

Amsterdam/New York, 2014. 337 pp. (Avant-Garde Critical Studies 30)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3788-5   Bound

ISBN: 978-94-012-1037-9   E-Book

Online info: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=AVANT+30

Decentring the Avant-Garde presents a collection of articles dealing with the topography of the avant-garde. The focus is on different responses to avant-garde aesthetics in regions traditionally depicted as cultural, geographical and linguistic peripheries. Avant-garde activities in the periphery have to date mostly been described in terms of a passive reception of new artistic trends and currents originating in cultural centres such as Paris or Berlin. Contesting this traditional view, Decentring the Avant-Garde highlights the importance of analysing the avant-garde in the periphery in terms of an active appropriation of avant-garde aesthetics within different cultural, ideological and historical settings. A broad collection of case studies discusses the activities of movements and artists in various regions in Europe and beyond. The result is a new topographical model of the international avant-garde and its cultural practices.

Karen-JornbókinThe Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up

Karen Kurczynski

Ashgate, August 2014

Online info at ashgate.com

 

A leading figure of the postwar avant-garde, Danish artist Asger Jorn has long been recognized for his founding contributions to the Cobra and Situationist International movements – yet art historical scholarship on Jorn has been sparse, particularly in English. This study corrects that imbalance, offering a synthetic account of the essential phases of this prolific artist’s career. It addresses his works in various media alongside his extensive writings and his collaborations with various artists’ groups from the 1940s through the mid-1960s.

Situating Jorn’s work in an international, post-Second World War context, Karen Kurczynski reframes our understanding of the 1950s, away from the Abstract-Expressionist focus on individual expression, toward a more open-ended conception of art as a public engagement with contemporary culture and politics. Kurczynski engages with issues of interest to twenty-first-century artists and scholars, highlighting Jorn’s proposition that the sensory address of art and its complex relationship to popular media can have a direct social impact. Perhaps most significantly, this study foregrounds Jorn’s assertion that creativity is crucial to subjectivity itself in our increasingly mediated ‘Society of the Spectacle.’

Contents:Introductory reflections: Jorn’s kitsch-avant-garde; Spontaneous myths; Communal expressions; Material visions; Jubilant critiques; Authentic ironies; Conclusion: new legacies; Bibliography; Index.

G-PublikationMies van der Rohe, Richter, Graeff & Co.

Alltag und Design in der Avantgardezeitschrift G.

Hg. von Karin Fest, Sabrina Rahman, Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah 

Turia+Kant, 2014

ISBN 978-3-85132-736-6, 2013

Online information at turia.at

Die programmatische Idee der – historischen – Avantgarde, Kunst in das Leben zu überführen lässt sich an konkreten Objekten aus dem Alltagsleben der 1920er und 1930er Jahre prüfen. Spitzkühler, Herrenanzüge, Vergnügungsparks, Luftstädte und Überfluss durch Technik – in G. Material zur elementaren Gestaltung warfen zeitgenössische Avantgardisten wie Hans Richter oder El Lissitzky einen experimentellen Blick auf Gegenstände des Alltags. Die Berliner Avantgardezeitschrift, erschienen in den Jahren 1923 bis 1926, wendet sich nicht nur gegen die elitäre Hochkultur des Bürgertums, sondern entwickelt Ideen für produktive Interdependenzen zwischen Alltagskonsum, Populärkultur und der Avantgarde.

Die Beiträge dieses Bandes gehen der Bedeutung dieser Objekte im Bereich des alltäglichen Konsums nach und situieren diese und ihre Bearbeitung durch die Avantgarde in einem breiteren historischen und kulturellen Kontext ihrer Zeit.

9789042036208-Case kopie.inddA Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925

Edited by Hubert van den Berg, Irmeli Hautamäki, Benedikt Hjartarson, Torben Jelsbak, Rikard Schönström, Per Stounbjerg, Tania Ørum and Dorthe Aagesen

Amsterdam/New York, NY 2012. 680 pp. (Avant-Garde Critical Studies 28)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3620-8     Bound

ISBN: 978-94-012-0891-8    E-Book

Online info: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=AVANT+28

A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925 is the first publication to deal with the avant-garde in the Nordic countries at the start of the twentieth century. The essays cover a wide range of avant-garde manifestations in arts and culture: literature, the visual arts, painting as well as photography, architecture and design, film, radio, and performing arts like music, theatre and dance.

It is the first major historical work to consider the Nordic avant-garde in a transnational perspective which includes all the arts and to discuss the role of the avant-garde not only within the aesthetic field, but in a broader cultural context. It examines the social and cultural context of the avant-garde: its media, its locations, its reception and audiences, the transmissions between Scandinavia and Europe, and its cultural consequences.

The essays trace the connections between the avant-garde and the cultural discourses of contemporary currents such as revolutionary socialism, radical nationalism and occultism, and discuss questions of gender, ideology and politics, geographical location and technological innovation. The cultural history thus focuses on the role of the avant-garde in shaping the ideas of cultural modernity in the Nordic countries.