Pretentiousness: Why It Matters (Paperback)

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By Dan Fox
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This is a smart and elegantly argued essay about the necessity of failure, experimentation, and pretending in art and life. Reading Fox is like watching a gymnast perform a floor routine. He lofts ideas and arguments through the air, seamlessly incorporating art criticism, pop culture, and personal narrative into the somersaults, and sticks landing after landing. A celebration of the weird, the challenging, the ambitious, and everything that makes art, music, pop culture, and life interesting.

 

Josh

 
— From Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

Description


Pretentiousness is for anyone who has braved being different, whether that's making a stand against artistic consensus or running the gauntlet of the last bus home dressed differently from everyone else. It's an essential ingredient in pop music and high art. Why do we choose accusations of elitism over open-mindedness? What do our anxieties about "pretending" say about us?

Co-editor of frieze, Europe's foremost magazine of contemporary art and culture, Dan Fox has authored over two hundred essays, interviews, and reviews and contributed to numerous catalogues and publications produced by major international art galleries and institutions.

About the Author


Dan Fox is a British writer, musician, editor, and filmmaker currently living in New York. Co-editor of "frieze," Europe s foremost magazine of contemporary art and culture, he has authored over 200 essays, interviews, and reviews, contributed to numerous catalogues and publications produced by major international art galleries and institutions. He is a visiting lecturer at the Ruskin school of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, and has given talks and lectures in the UK and USA at institutions including the Royal College of Art, ICA, Tate Britain, Somerset House, Cornell University, and the School of Visual Arts, NewYork.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781566894289
ISBN-10: 156689428X
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 144
Language: English