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After the Great Refusal

Essays on Contemporary Art, Its Contradictions and Difficulties

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen


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A Western Marxist reading of contemporary art, focusing on the question of the continued presence (or absence) of the avant-garde's transgressive impulse. Taking art's ability to contribute to radical social transformation as its point of departure, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen's new title from Zero Books analyses the relationship between the current neoliberal hegemony and contemporary art, including relational aesthetics and interventionist art, new institutionalism and post-modern architecture.

Zero Books, 9781785357589, 160pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2018

About the Author

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen is an art historian and cultural critic who has published in English and in Danish. He co-produced the exhibition 'This World We Must Leave' in collaboration with Jakob Jakobsen at the Kunsthall Oslo art space. Mikkel is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and is co-editor of the journals K&K and Mr Antipyrine.