Tag : altermodern

The Altermodern failure

In Radicant, published in 2009, the French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud tries to construct an essayistic path aimed at identifying the new cultural routes that characterize the new millennium, putting it as a response to the current practices of globalizing capital and finding a possible solution in the practices implemented by some contemporary artists. In it he introduces the term Altermodern, indicating the current historical period, whose assumptions date back to the nineties of the previous century. As Bourriaud writes, […]

Vacuity of the “artist”

Andy Warhol, Brillo Box (Soap Pads). 1964, MoMA   It has happened to me several times, and it will certainly have happened to you too, to run into someone to whom, asking him what work he does, with discouraging naivety, you heard “the artist” answer. Whenever this happens, as far as I am concerned, I feel deep embarrassment and pain for them and an overwhelming desire to run away from them. A self-declaration is therefore sufficient to give role and […]

1 – Modern, postmodern, altermodern, the imaginary in the contemporary era

Photo: Emiliano Russo   We have entered the altermodern era, which succeeded postmodernism and in turn succeeded modernism, what suggested it was the retrospective held in 2011 at the Victoria and Albert Museum entitled Postmodern – Style and Subversion 1970 – 1990, curated by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, declaring the conclusion of postmodernism itself according to the French critic Nicolas Bourriaud (1965). Now two questions must certainly be asked: the first concerns the date of this conclusion, i.e. the […]