By Jonathan Harris

An cutting edge background and significant account mapping the methods artists and their works have engaged with, and provided observation on, glossy spectacle in either capitalist and socialist modernism during the last 90 years.

  • Focuses on artists whose paintings expresses the concept that of progressive social transformation
  • Provides a robust old narrative that provides constitution and clarity
  • Features a cogent and cutting edge critique of up to date artwork and institutions
  • Covers a hundred years of artwork from Vladimir Tatlin’s constructivist ‘Monument to the 3rd International’, to Picasso’s overdue Forties dedication to Communism, to the Unilever sequence backed huge artistic endeavors put in at London’s Tate glossy considering 2000.
  • Includes the single giant account in print of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Montreal ‘Bed-in’
  • Offers an available description and interpretation of Debord’s ‘society of the spectacle’ theory

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