Delirious - Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980 - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Delirious - Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980

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A thought-provoking book exploring the maniacal, eccentric, and disorienting in artworks made between 1950 and 1980

Delirious explores a fascination with the absurd and irrational within the context of the violence and brutality witnessed during World War II as well as the rapid expansion of industrial capitalism in the 1950s. The book features work by some 70 artists from Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including Dara Birnbaum, Leon Ferrari, Bruce Nauman, Howardena Pindell, Peter Saul, Nancy Spero, and many others. Placing the fascination with delirium within historical, literary, political, and cultural contexts, it offers a provocative view of how like-minded artists experimented with irrational subject matter and techniques-ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper to film, video, and book design and forged a new aesthetic that directly responded to the unbalanced times in which they were created.

  • Authors: Kelly Baum and Lucy Bradnock
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published: October 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396334
  • Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.9 cm