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The Beautiful Language of My Century"
Author: Tom McDonough

ISBN: 9780262516099
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25 February 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.4
Description:


In postwar France, the aesthetics of appropriation and collage gave cultural form to a struggle over meaning. A new wave of avant-garde experimentation used -- or stole, plagiarized, and expropriated -- elements from advertising, journalism, literature, art, and other sources of common discourse (the ironically named "beautiful language" of this book's title, itself an appropriation from Guy Debord's collaged Mmoires). Redeployed, often in startling or pointed juxtapositions, these elements took on newly oppositional meanings. A famous photograph taken inside the occupied Sorbonne in May 1968, for example, shows a massive academic painting altered by a clever cartoonish speech bubble that transforms the painting into a parody of itself and memorializes an event very different from the one captured by the original artist."The Beautiful Language of My Century" describes the various forms of critical culture that culminated in the events of May 196...

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