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Jan Gorak on ‘Process or paralysis? Revisiting the contemporary art canon’: a review

7 November 2017

Process or paralysis?  Revisiting the contemporary art canon

Review of:

Re-envisioning the Contemporary Art Canon: Perspectives in a Global World edited by Ruth E. Iskin, London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 294 pp., 42 b. & w. plates, $134, 978 1 138 19268 3

Jan Gorak (University of Denver) 17/JG1

Abstract: Ruth E. Iskin’s new collection presents the artists and genres of a new global art and reflects on the challenges they offer the museum, gallery administrators, and scholars of the future.  She and her contributors are particularly concerned with the likelihood of a new canon that will emerge in this global future, arguing that such a canon must be less exclusive, less centralized, and more self-conscious than any predecessor.  The review is particularly concerned with how the findings of the collection relate to the larger history of canon formation in the humanities.

Key Words: global, canon, contestation, process, pluriversal


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