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Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820

Liam Gillick


The history of modern art is often told through aesthetic breakthroughs that sync well with cultural and political change. From Courbet to Picasso, from Malevich to Warhol, it is accepted that art tracks the disruptions of industrialization, fascism, revolution, and war. Yet filtering the history of modern art only through catastrophic events cannot account for the subtle developments that lead to the profound confusion at the heart of contemporary art. In Industry and Intelligence, the artist Liam Gillick writes a nuanced genealogy to help us appreciate contemporary art’s engagement with hist ... More

Keywords: contemporary art, modernity, industrialization, genealogy, conceptual art, revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170208
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liam Gillick, author