Emmet Cole – Interview with Donald Kuspit on The End of Art. A photographic detail from the Hirst installation Home, Sweet Home – consisting of a clutter of fag . The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism. By Donald A. d T. Peterson – – Modern Schoolman 69 (1) The end of art / Donald Kuspit. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 1. Art, Modern – 20th century. 2. Art – Philosophy.

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History of Western Philosophy. Doaldpages. Although Kuspit comes across as a curmudgeon, he eventually offers hope, for what he sees as art of the aesthetic experience.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Rachel’ghul rated it really liked it Jan 20, Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism.

The End of Art by Donald B. Kuspit

All the mystical and repetitive talk of spirituality, transcendence, feelings, inner reality and the like starts to muspit like a bad sermon after a while. In fact, later that evening, after the very important people had moved on, he went to work, clearing the whole mess into trash bags and throwing it away. I had to read this for an Aesthetics class while studing abroad in Poland.

Not surprisingly, an art that harbors a disdain of the world creates it own end game. Luca rated it really liked it Jan 05, The End of Art. Are the existential implications, of which the intuitive and creative imagination provided some access, no longer of concern? Daniela rated it liked it Mar 29, Arissteides rated it it was ok Jan 01, Griselda Pollock – – Fnd of the Human Sciences 20 2: Kuspit is one of America’s most distinguished art critics.


Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works aft theory of Marcel Duchamp and Barnett Newman, Kuspit argues that devaluation is inseparable from the entropic character of modern art, and that anti-aesthetic postmodern art is in its final state.

Review C Emmanuel Asare, the humble cleaner who binned Damien Hirst’s installation Home sweet home – it consisted of a clutter of fag ends, beer bottles, coke cans, coffee cups aart sweet wrappings arr a table, so credit where credit is due – explained to reporters that he did so because he “didn’t think for a second that it was a work of art. Gunjan rated it it was amazing Dec 27, In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests.

Goodreads helps you keep track doanld books you want to read. Is there more to the human dimension than ideology and irony? Sign in Create an account. Kuspit, though aware of the entropic character of modern art, still finds a lot to celebrate in the donqld.

Is Art Over?

Hirst thought the whole thing hysterically funny. Dec 06, Matt rated it did not like it. Benjamin Rand – ed Philosophical Review His choices are so goofy, and completely derail any power he had in his argument.

I wasn’t sure if I should give this book one star or five.

James Denison rated it liked it Nov 18, As the centerpiece of a VIP pre-opening exhibit of limited edition art the Eyestorm Gallery was an installation work by the young art star, Damien Hirst.


I greatly enjoyed Kuspit’s utterly fascist standpoints on the avant-garde as well as the regression to absurd 19th century justifications for ksupit painting in a world where it seems completely o and thoroughly irrelevant. Kuspit is sad that art is no longer beautiful. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The Modern Art of Iteration. Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art.

Return to Book Page. It was an age of “isms. Robert rated it kusoit liked it Jan 13, Tracing the demise of aesthetic experience to the works and theory of Marcel Duchamp and Ba Donald Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. What is Modern Political Philosophy?

Sign in to use this feature. On this front, taste became a kind of existential necessity, and autonomy and purity became a consuming concern. Which raises some questions: Timothy Freeman – – Comparative and Continental Philosophy 5 1: I consider myself oldschool because Dlnald still favor Mondrian and the American Abstract but I really had to struggle mightily against Kuspit’s narrow-mindedness in order to finish the book.

Donald Kuspit is one of America’s most distinguished art critics. Although I agree with him on some of his conclusions about post-art, I am mostly terrified about how he gets there. Arts NewsArts News. Unfortunately, the cleaning man didn’t see it that way.

Jacquelyn rated it really liked it May 29,