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BARRY LE VA: THE AESTHETIC AFTERMATH. Michael Maizels. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2015. 232 pp. with 66 ills. 21 x 16 cm. LC 2015-14119 ISBN 9780816694693 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171401. Publisher's description: Of the conceptual artists who began their careers in the 1960s and 1970s Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden, Vito Acconci, and Mel Bochner among them, Barry Le Va may be the most elusive. As this first study of his work reveals, his rigorously planned art was instigated to mask its creator's intentions and methods, presenting itself as an "aftermath" of modernism's claim to permanency and civil society's preferred mode of monumentalism. For Michael Maizels, Le Va's work constitutes a particularly productive subject of inquiry because it clearly articulates the interconnection between the avant-garde's distrust of autonomous art objects, two decades of social unrest, the emergence of information theory, and lingering notions of scientific objectivity. Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath explores how Le Va used such materials as shattered glass, spent bullets, sound recordings, scattered flour, and meat cleavers embedded in a floor to challenge the interlocking assumptions behind blind faith in lasting beauty, just government and perfectible knowledge.
Artist(s):Le Va, Barry
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory — Conceptual Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171402
Paperbound $30.00    

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