from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Art, specifically Dada, that rejects traditional art forms and theories.

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  • n. Art that is usually exhibited and delivered in a conventional context but that makes fun of serious art or the artistic establishment or challenges the nature of art.


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  • The Darwinian/biological analysis of art itself brings along its own anti-art baggage, and finally the appeal to Science as the all-encompassing context in which art is to be understood is no more helpful to art than the appeal to History or to Culture.

    Philosophy and Literature

  • Not only for how or what what they wrote, but also because they wrote about an interweaving, overlapping knot of things that mattered to me: poetry, resurgent Londophilia, anti-art polemics, post-Trotskyist politics, popular culture and the Situationist International.

    No more heroes « Squares of Wheat

  • New York was by this time home to a community of Japanese artists, but Kusama had avoided the associations many of her compatriots formed with groups such as the anti-art happening bunch in the neo-Dada group Fluxus.

    Vitro Nasu » 2009 » March

  • Though he has been acclaimed by critics such as Simon Schama, who called him "incapable of producing trivia", and was the first artist since Georges Braque in 1953 to make a work to go permanently on show at the Louvre, Kiefer regards himself as underground compared with artists like Damien Hirst, who he says makes "anti-art".

    Anselm Kiefer: 'art is difficult, it's not entertainment'

  • But he's at pains to point out that this "anti-art" is itself part of art.

    Anselm Kiefer: 'art is difficult, it's not entertainment'

  • But if art these days is like a teenager -- sarcastic, ungrateful, and existentially conflicted -- staging anti-art stunts as your art no longer makes you radical in what is now a competitive and often vacuous theater of ironic one-upping.

    Selby Drummond: Artists Anonymous: The Irresistible Earnestness of the Bruce High Quality Foundation

  • Mass produced Chinese oil paintings are anti-art and any artist or art lover that supports them should hang their head in shame.

    January 2009

  • Babylon Wales blogs about Gruff Rhys's anti-art protest on the steps of the National Museum in the 1990s.

    Cardiff today – Big Little City launch, full council and creatives meet-up

  • Godard can't keep himself from undermining the anti-art agenda of his own ideological fervor by branding the film with both his distinctly austere and formal aestheticism and the star appeal of the lead actors, Jane Fonda and Yves Montand.

    G. Roger Denson: You Say You Want a Revolution. Well You Know, Art Can Cure You of That

  • His anti-art provocations, his rages against the bourgeoisie and the wilder flights of his rhetoric into zones of rapturously menacing nonsense were all straight from the Parisian surrealists of the 1920s and their forebears.

    In Praise Of the Gross


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