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In love with Puppy: flowers, architecture, art, and the art of irony

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Jeff Koons's installation, Puppy, symbolizes the move from modernism to postmodernism in contemporary Basque culture. It constitutes a break from the modernist aesthetics of artists such as Jorge Oteiza and Eduardo Chillida. The article argues that Puppy can only be understood from an ironic perspective. The subversive potential of irony in Basque culture is contextualized in this article.
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Keywords: irony; modernism; postmodernism

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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