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The Art of the Everyday : The Quotidian in Postwar French Culture - Lynn Gumpert

The Art of the Everyday

The Quotidian in Postwar French Culture

By: Lynn Gumpert (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9780814731086
Number Of Pages: 146

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Perhaps more than anything else, it is the concept of the everyday that has most marked the arts and culture of the twentieth century. Nowhere has this been so clearly articulated as in France after World War II. Indeed, the 1950s and 1960s in France were awash in a sociological fascination with the transformed rhythms and accoutrements of daily lived experience.

"The Art of the Everyday" features essays by prominent writers on the topic of the quotidian in philosophy, cinema, theater, photography, and other visual arts of postwar France. In particular, a number of younger artists practicing today--such as JoAAl BartolomAA(c)o, Rebecca Bournigault, Claude Closky, FrAA(c)dAA(c)ric Coupet, Valerie Jouve, Philippe Mairesse, Jean-Luc MoulAA]ne, and Rainer Oldendorf--find inspiration in the stuff of everyday life, rejecting an outmoded reverence for "le grand goAAt." For them, the sophisticated urbanity of the nineteenth-century "flAA neur" has mutated into a city dweller well-acquainted with the often unpleasant requirements of city life.

A panorama of an important aspect of postwar French culture, "The Art of the Everyday "brings to light the work of a new generation of contemporary French artists viewed through the lens of daily experience.

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Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Beyond the Banal: An Introduction to the Art of the Everydayp. 11
French Quotidianp. 19
"The Question of Shop Windows..."p. 31
"Metro, Boulot, Dodo": The Art of the Everyday in France, 1958-72p. 47
Theater and the Everyday in France: Le Theatre du Quotidienp. 65
But Nothing Happened: The Everyday in French Postwar Cinemap. 79
Adieu au Bon Goutp. 95
The Art of the Everyday: France in the '90sp. 111
Contributorsp. 145
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ISBN: 9780814731086
ISBN-10: 0814731082
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 146
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 16.1  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.48