Contemporary Classicism as the Aftermath of Postmodern Conceptualism? A Critical Historicisation


DROBE Christian

Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Classicism is not consider to play a huge role in post-1945 art. Therefore, influences of classicist styles have to be traced in other discourses. Beginning in the 1960s, the more and more theorized and linguistics-focused art forms of Minimal Art, Concept Art and Appropriation Art started a development that soon was set to criticize every discourse in the art world and beyond, including its institutions or older styles. Classicism was not only a prime example of unwanted canonization, but was also abused by the totalitarian regimes in the 1930s and 1940s. Only through that critique classicism remained a part of contemporary art to this day, but lost its original demeanour of incrementally working on the human body and a set range of forms. As many art movements today, classicism is part of the institutional critique and post-critical period right now. The paper focused on Robert Morris and Gerhard Merz to discuss both extremes, the forms of linguistics deconstruction and the ideological critique.
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