Ruth Weisberg – The Possibilities of Post-postmodernism
The Possibilities of Post-postmodernism
By Ruth Weisberg
“Many of us remember our intense disappointment when we discovered that while Postmodernism encouraged us to again engage in art with recognizable subject matter and narrative content it would have to be done in a distanced, second hand manner. I and others moved on long ago to making work that corresponds to Jed Perl’s call for an art which is “metaphysical as well as empirical, as much a yearning for the ideal as a celebration of the real.” We have found a way to use the visual to explore the complex nature of human experience and a genuine connection to history. We are not afraid of seeking mastery in our craft rather then the more fashionable ‘de-skilling’ of the avant-garde. What interests me now both as an artist and a teacher is that a younger generation brought up on the second or third hand experience of life via the flat screen is so eager to embrace deep feeling grounded in history. Our all consuming digital reality has left them with a great hunger for ‘touch’. I posit that Post-postmodernism is going to be more like the great periods of classical and Renaissance art, and therefore much more about the direct expression of a sensuous experience of the world with a deep and abiding connection to human aspirations.”
Professor Ruth Weisberg teaches drawing and printmaking at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. From 1995 to 2010, she served as dean of the Roski School. Her work is widely exhibited nationally and internationally, and in the collections of major museums, including the Getty Center; Norton Simon Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Institution; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Jewish Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard University; Biblioteca Nazionale d’Italia (Rome); and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
She has written more than 60 articles, reviews and catalogue essays, and regularly lectures and curates exhibitions.
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