Bad Modernisms by Douglas Mao, Rebecca L. Walkowitz

By Douglas Mao, Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Modernism is sizzling back. on the sunrise of the twenty-first century, poets and designers, designers and critics, academics and artists are rediscovering the virtues of the former century’s such a lot shiny cultural constellation. but this frequent include increases questions on modernism’s relation to its personal good fortune. Modernism’s “badness”—its emphasis on outrageous habit, its elevation of negativity, its refusal to be condoned—seems necessary to its strength. yet as soon as modernism is approved as “good” or worthy (as loads of modernist artwork now is), its prestige as a subversive aesthetic intervention turns out undermined. The individuals to undesirable Modernisms tease out the contradictions in modernism’s dedication to badness.

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