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A User's Guide to Art-Speak

Yasha Wallin

If you've been to see contemporary art in the last three decades, you will probably be familiar with the feelings of bafflement, exhaustion or irritation that gallery prose and press releases provoke. With its pompous paradoxes and its plagues of adverbs, its endless sentences and its strained rebellious poses, much of this promotional writing serves mainly, it seems, as ammunition for those who still insist contemporary art is a fraud. But a few academics take this jargon very seriously.

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