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POP ART AND VERNACULAR CULTURES (article first published : 2007-10-21)

Produced by inIVA and MIT Press, Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures is the third volume in the Annotating Arts Histories series. It explores how pop art translates across cultures and what pop art looks like through a post-colonial lens. The collection of essays edited by Kobena Mercer, cast new light on the aesthetics and politics of pop by bringing cross-cultural perspectives to focus on the shifting boundaries of ‘high’ and ‘low’ across different national and international contexts.

Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures is an incisive, critical intervention into the scene of history-making specific to accounts of modernism. This book and its companion volumes are part of that rare intellectual event which everyone committed to fuller understanding of the history of 20th-century artistic cultures will find indispensable…’ (Okwui Enwezor. Dean of Academic Affairs, San Francisco Art Institute.

Artists have long challenged the discourse of officialdom by turning to dissident elements in vernacular cultures. Exploring practices that range from the recycling of consumerist leftovers in Chicano rasquachismo to the painterly pastiche of Hindu ‘photo-gods’, innovative studies reveal how unexpected antagonisms in the social life of images have also questioned the categories of ‘folk’, ‘nation’ and ‘people’ in the visual culture of modernity. The book raises many questions such as: ‘When Mao goes pop, should we view the results as avant-garde, anti-modern or post-modern?’ ‘Who ‘owns’ popular culture in South Africa or Brazil?’ ‘Why is hybridity so closely associated with the carnivalesque and the grotesque?’

The publication features internationally renowned scholars and curators at the critical edge of current research in art history, visual culture, and the humanities. Newly-commissioned writings are presented alongside bibliographies, translations, and selected reprints of key texts. Building up a richer understanding of cultural difference as a dynamic feature of 20th-century art, this acclaimed series is essential reading for students, practitioners, and anyone curious about cross-cultural interaction in the visual arts. Other volumes in the series include Cosmopolitan Modernisms, Discrepant Abstractions which are now available and Exiles, Diasporas and Strangers which will be available in April 2008.

Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures features contributions by Holly Barnet-Sanchez, University of New Mexico; Gavin Butt, Goldsmiths College, University of London; Geeta Kapur, Writer and Curator, New Delhi; Martina Köppel-Yang, Writer and Curator, Paris; Kobena Mercer, Middlesex University; Colin Richards, University of the Witwatersrand, and Sônia Salzstein, University of São Paulo.

The Annotating Art’s Histories Series is edited by Kobena Mercer and co-published by inIVA and MIT Press, September 2007 ISBN: 978-1-899846-44-3

In softcover, the book is available at a cost of £15.95 + P&P from booksales@iniva.org, +44 (0)20 7729 9616 or visit www.iniva.org The publication is supported by the Getty Foundation and Arts Council England.




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