Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

Coffee House Press
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Pretentiousness is for anyone who has braved being different, whether that's making a stand against artistic consensus or running the gauntlet of the last bus home dressed differently from everyone else. It's an essential ingredient in pop music and high art. Why do we choose accusations of elitism over open-mindedness? What do our anxieties about "pretending" say about us?

Co-editor of frieze, Europe's foremost magazine of contemporary art and culture, Dan Fox has authored over two hundred essays, interviews, and reviews and contributed to numerous catalogues and publications produced by major international art galleries and institutions.

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Dan Fox is a British writer, musician, editor, and filmmaker currently living in New York. Co-editor of frieze, Europe’s foremost magazine of contemporary art and culture, he has authored over 200 essays, interviews, and reviews, contributed to numerous catalogues and publications produced by major international art galleries and institutions. He is a visiting lecturer at the Ruskin school of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, and has given talks and lectures in the UK and USA at institutions including the Royal College of Art, ICA, Tate Britain, Somerset House, Cornell University, and the School of Visual Arts, NewYork.
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Coffee House Press
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Published on
Mar 14, 2016
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Pages
144
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ISBN
9781566894296
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / Criticism & Theory
Art / Popular Culture
Literary Collections / Essays
Philosophy / Aesthetics
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