The Disappearance of Objects: New York Art and the Rise of the Postmodern City

Joshua Shannon (Author)
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Description

In the years around 1960, a rapid process of deindustrialization profoundly changed New York City. At the same time, massive highway construction, urban housing renewal, and the growth of the financial sector altered the city's landscape. As the new economy took shape, manufacturing lofts, piers, and small shops were replaced by sleek high-rise housing blocks and office towers.

Focusing on works by Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Donald Judd, art historian Joshua Shannon shows how New York art engaged with this transformation of the city. Shannon convincingly argues that these four artists---all living amid the changes---filled their art with old street signs, outmoded flashlights, and other discarded objects in a richly revealing effort to understand the economic and architectural transformation of their city.

Product Details

Price
$84.00
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publish Date
March 01, 2009
Pages
232
Dimensions
8.3 X 0.9 X 9.7 inches | 2.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780300137064

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About the Author

Joshua Shannon is assistant professor of contemporary art history and theory at the University of Maryland.