Retracing the Avant Garde After WWII
Based on interviews with artists and curators who were at the cutting edge of new art in the 1960s. The book will trace parallels with the early twentieth century Avant Garde, the social and political contexts and the similar anxieties reflected in the work. Also pointing out similar strategies for addressing this context such as making art more transparent to the viewer collaborating with the audience and questioning the purpose of art and the role of the artist. It will also be noted that some of these issues had been muted by artists and writers in the Paris Commune in 1871 and that the tradition can be traced back through Comedia del Arte to Rabelais.