Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Victor Burgin
    Pages 1-28
  3. Victor Burgin
    Pages 51-70
  4. Victor Burgin
    Pages 71-95
  5. Victor Burgin
    Pages 96-111
  6. Victor Burgin
    Pages 112-139
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-221

About this book


Art theory', understood as those forms of aesthetics, art history and criticism which began in the Enlightenment and culminated in 'high modernism', is now at an end. These essays, examining the interdependencies of advertising, film, painting and photography, constitute a call for a 'new art theory' - a practice of writing whose end is to contribute to a general 'theory of representations': an understanding of the modes and means of symbolic articulation of our forms of sociality and subjectivity.


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About the authors

VICTOR BURGIN is Millard Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, UK and Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness, University of California, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The End of Art Theory
  • Book Subtitle Criticism and Postmodernity
  • Authors Victor Burgin
  • Series Title Communications and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1986
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-39856-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-39857-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-18202-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 231
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Arts
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