The Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution, 1919-2009, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118316797
  • ISBN-13: 9781118316795
  • DDC: 709.04
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 360 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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This innovative and revealing history examines artists whose work embodies notions of revolution and human social transformation. The clearly structured historical narrative takes the reader on a cultural odyssey that begins with Vladimir Tatlins constructivist Monument to the Third International (1919), a statement of utopian globalist intent, via Picassos 1940s commitment to  Soviet Communism and John and Yokos Montreal Bed-in, to what the author calls the late globalism of the Unilever Series at Londons Tate Modern. The book maps the ways artists and their work engaged with, and offered commentary on, modern spectacle in both capitalist and socialist modernism, throughout the eras of the Russian revolution, the Cold War and the increasingly globalized world of the last 20 years. In doing so, Harris explores the idea that the utopian-globalist lineage in art remains torn between its yearning for freedom and a deepening identification with spectacle as a media commodity to be traded and consumed.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
The World in a Work of Art.
1: Spectacle, Social Transformation and Utopian Globalist Art.
2: The Line of Liberation Tatlin's Tower and the Communist Construction of Global Revolution.
3: Picasso for the Proletariat: ‘The Most Famous Communist in the World’.
4: Some Kind of Druid Dude Joseph Beuys's Liturgies of Freedom.
5: ‘Bed-in’ as Gesamtkunstwerk a Typical Morning in the Quest for World Peace.
6: Mother Nature on the Run Austerity Globalist Depletions in the 1970s.
7: Nomadic Globalism: Scenographica in Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Wrapped Reichstag.
Conclusion: From the Spiral to the Turbine: A Global Warning.