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Contemporary Cultures of Display (Art and its Histories Series) [Paperback]

Emma Barker
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2 Aug 1999 Art and its Histories Series (Book 6)
Focusing on the place of art in contemporary culture, this work discusses museums, galleries and exhibitions in Western Europe and the USA. It encourages readers to reflect on their own experiences and to consider whether today's art could be considered to be dominated by spectacle.

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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (2 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300077831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300077834
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 19.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Arts course book 12 July 2009
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I have recently been on a course at the Courtauld Institute and this book was recommended by them. It is an interesting look about what we are presented with when we step into a gallery and the background work that has gone into the exhibition. A thought provoking book, easy to read and you will look at exhibitions in a different light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The word "history" missing in the title 28 Oct 2012
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Judging by the title itself, I` ve expected one sharp and brief theoretical analysis of the changed discourse in culture from classical one to contemporary one,consequence of which was changed way of expression according to the changed paradigm.

Surprisingly, on the first pages I` ve realized that the notion "contemporary" in this book means "in recent times", notion "cultures" means "societies from different geographical areas" and by " display ",exhibition in its pure technical sense is understood.

Instead of theoretical analysis you will mostly find descriptions , dates and detailed counting of museums that have changed the way of organization of their exhibitions, but rarely why and on what point, the paradigm in culture changed, having as a consequence different way of expressing ( i.e. displaying).

To be honest, this book can help to chronologically and geographically classify your knowledge of museums`way of organizing exhibitions in the period from the end of WWW II up to 1999, but to completely fulfill even this task, the book might have had more appropriate title that would not conduct the reader to the wrong conclusion about its genre.
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