Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Culture Wars...Whats so shocking about contemporary art?

The Culture Wars, Redux  is a collection of essays and 7 videos including Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, and Kerry James Marshall about controversy in the art world.  Art21 has assembled a survey of texts, artworks, and related Art21 videos to further the discussion:

"The 1913 Armory Show: America's First Art War," Tom McCormack travels back to a controversial exhibition that long preceded Sensation.

Nettrice Gaskins's essay, "Polyculturalist Visions, New Frameworks of Representation: Multiculturalism and the American Culture Wars Taking a close look at the controversy surrounding Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial

In "The 'Black Gash of Shame,'" Elizabeth Wolfson considers what it is that makes public memorials such charged sites for viewers and visitors of all stripes.

"Art and Morality under Neoliberalism: Reflections on 'Blasphemous' Art from the East," Ania Szremski finds myriad connections between the controversial practices of Eastern European artists in the 1990s and Egyptian artists in the early 2000s.

Beth Capper dives into the nuances of the National Portrait Gallery's recent censorship of A Fire in My Belly (1987) by David Wojnarowicz. In "Recombinant Wojnarowicz," she critiques not only the cries of "hate speech" by right-wing conservatives but also the distortion of Wojnarowicz's film by progressive journalists and activists.