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Glorious Catastrophe
Author: Dominic Johnson

ISBN: 9780719091476
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 20 September 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.27
Heralded by peers as well as by later generations of artists, Jack Smith is an icon of the New York avant-garde. Nevertheless, he is conspicuously absent from dominant histories of American culture in the 1960s, as well as from narratives of the impact that decade would have on coming years. Glorious catastrophe presents a detailed critical analysis of Smith's work from the early 1960s until his AIDS-related death in 1989, and foregrounds the challenges his work may pose for histories of performance and visual culture.

Smith poses uncomfortable challenges to cultural criticism and historical analysis, and his legacy sheds light on the ways canons of performance and visual culture have been established and maintained. Dominic Johnson argues that Smith's work offers critical strategies for rethinking art's histories after 1960, and considers Smith's practice towards a celebration of eccentric logics of cultural production, including boredom, excess, camp, paranoia, failure, and disgust.

The first critical analysis of Smith's practice across visual art, film, performance and writing, this study employs extensive, original archival re...

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