Are You Experienced?: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art

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Are You Experienced?: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art Art since 1900
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Looking at art through the lens of psychedelic experience and culture, New York Times critic Ken Johnson reveals an unexpected and illuminating dimension of art since the 1960s. In the 1960s, the traditional ideal of connoisseurship was out; art as consciousness-altering experience was in. Boundaries between conventional media such as painting and sculpture stretched and dissolved. The distinctions between “high” and “low” became irrelevant. Johnson examines a broad array of art of the past half century, from Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty to Pipolitto Rist’s recent, swooningly trippy installation at MoMA and Richard Serra’s warped, spiraling mazes of inches-thick Corten steel, looking not just for obvious signs of psychedelic style but for an underlying psychedelic ethos animating the art. Illus. 240p.

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