The Myth of Nouveau Réalisme : Art and the Performative in Postwar France
  • critical theory
  • partial cloth boards with dust jacket
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • color
  • 23.7 x 19 cm.
  • 208 pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 9780300181203

The Myth of Nouveau Réalisme : Art and the Performative in Postwar France

Kaira M. Cabañas

The Myth of Nouveau Réalisme : Art and the Performative in Postwar France

description

Critical examination of actions by French "Nouveaux Réalistes" artists including Arman, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, and Jacques Villeglé.

"On October 27, 1960, art critic Pierre Restany named a group of Paris-based artists the 'Nouveaux Réalistes' (New Realists) in a founding declaration that stated, 'The New Realists recognize their collective singularity. New Realism = new perceptual approaches of the real.' Besides Restany, this group included Arman, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, and Jacques Villeglé. Their work incorporated consumer objects and new media in response to the postwar period's painterly modes and its burgeoning consumer and industrial society. However, they did not share a common avant-garde strategy. 'The Myth of Nouveau Réalisme' is a critical reassessment of this important neo-avant-garde movement. Kaira M. Cabañas offers an interdisciplinary account of their work and challenges the ideas of Restany, who mandated a 'direct appropriation of the real.' Cabañas posits that, for the Nouveaux Réalistes, realism engaged performative practices to produce alternative social meanings." -- publisher's statement.

objects referenced in this publication

Dimanche : 27 Novembre 1960. Numéro Unique [aka : Yves Klein présente : le dimanche, 27 novembre 1960 : Festival d'art d'avant-garde, novembre-décembre 1960 : la révolution bleue continue : le journal d'un seul jour : numéro unique] [aka : Yves Klein Presents : Sunday, 27 November 1960. The Diary of a Single Day. The Blue Revolution Continues]
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