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Distant Early Warning: Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde

Alex Kitnick


Marshall McLuhan is best known as a media theorist but he was also an important theorist of art. Though a near-household name for decades due to magazine interviews and TV specials, McLuhan remains an underappreciated yet fascinating figure in art history. His connections with the art of his own time were largely unexplored, until now. In Distant Early Warning, art historian Alex Kitnick delves into these rich connections and argues both that McLuhan was influenced by art and artists and, more surprisingly, that McLuhan’s work directly influenced the art and artists of his time. Kitnick builds ... More

Keywords: Marshall McLuhan, media theory, art history, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, avant-garde, contemporary art, post-Internet art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226753317
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226753591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Kitnick, author
Bard College