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Author Shannon, Joshua, 1972- author.

Title The recording machine : art and fact during the cold war / Joshua Shannon.

Publication Info. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource (230 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-222) and index.
Contents The turn from truth -- Machine : conceptual photography -- Matter : art in the desert -- Surface : photorealist painting -- System : Gerhard Richter -- The lasting problem of realism.
Summary A revealing look at the irrevocable change in art during the 1960s and its relationship to the modern culture of fact This refreshing and erudite book offers a new understanding of the transformation of photography and the visual arts around 1968. Author Joshua Shannon reveals an oddly stringent realism in the period, tracing artists' rejection of essential truths in favor of surface appearances. Dubbing this tendency factualism, Shannon illuminates not only the Cold War's preoccupation with data but also the rise of a pervasive culture of fact. Focusing on the United States and West Germany, where photodocumentary traditions intersected with 1960s politics, Shannon investigates a broad variety of art, ranging from conceptual photography and earthworks to photorealist painting and abstraction. He looks closely at art by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, Douglas Huebler, Gerhard Richter, and others. These artists explored fact's role as a modern paradigm for talking, thinking, and knowing. Their art, Shannon concludes, helps to explain both the ambivalent anti-humanism of today's avant-garde art and our own culture of fact.
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Subject Realism in art.
Cold War in art.
Art, Modern -- History -- 20th century -- Themes, motives.
Cold War (1945-1989)
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History.
Other Form: Print version: Shannon, Joshua, 1972- Recording machine. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2017 0300187270 (OCoLC)961312415
ISBN 9780300228441 (electronic bk.)
0300228449 (electronic bk.)
0300187270
9780300187274