Art after the Hipster

Identity Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics

Authors: Hill, Wes

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  • Examines the hipster in terms of fundamental debates about aesthetics and ethics in contemporary art and visual culture
  • Investigates the unique paradoxes of the term “hipster”, which is at once an aesthetic stereotype and an ideological mode of deflection
  • Historicises the hipster in order to grapple with issues of cultural appropriation, identity politics, aesthetic discernment and critical practice, drawing from the legacies of the flâneur, the avant-garde, and the beatnik to illuminate the cultural changes effected by global capitalism and digital technologies
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This book examines the complexities of the hipster through the lens of art history and cultural theory, from Charles Baudelaire’s flâneur to the contemporary “creative” borne from creative industries policies. It claims that the recent ubiquity of hipster culture has led many artists to confront their own significance, responding to the mass artification of contemporary life by de-emphasising the formal and textual deconstructions so central to the legacies of modern and postmodern art. In the era of creative digital technologies, long held characteristics of art such as individual expression, innovation, and alternative lifestyle are now features of a flooded and fast-paced global marketplace. Against the idea that artists, like hipsters, are the “foot soldiers of capitalism”, the institutionalized networks that make up the contemporary art world are working to portray a view of art that is less a discerning exercise in innovative form-making than a social platform—a forum for populist aesthetic pleasures or socio-political causes. It is in this sense that the concept of the hipster is caught up in age-old debates about the relation between ethics and aesthetics, examined here in terms of the dynamics of global contemporary art.

About the authors

Wes Hill lectures in Art History and Visual Culture at Southern Cross University, Australia. Previous publications include Emily Floyd: The Dawn (2014) and How Folklore Shaped Modern Art (2016).

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Caring Too Much and Not Enough

    Pages 1-8

    Hill, Wes

  • The Twenty-First-Century Hipster

    Pages 9-46

    Hill, Wes

  • The Postmodern Hipster

    Pages 47-89

    Hill, Wes

  • The Hipster as an Entrepreneur of the Self

    Pages 91-128

    Hill, Wes

  • Conclusion

    Pages 129-133

    Hill, Wes

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-88623-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Art after the Hipster
Book Subtitle
Identity Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68578-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68578-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68577-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88623-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 150
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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