Art after the Hipster: Identity Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics

Art after the Hipster: Identity Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics
Wes Hill
Palgrave Macmillan

Author Wes Hill lectures in Art History and Visual Culture at Southern Cross University, Australia. This title is a considered analysis of the trajectory of the hipster; from its innovative origins to being mocked, and now normalised. Hill investigates how the concept of individualism, in a post-WWII era through to today, has been tied to neoliberalism and does so with the lens of art history and cultural theory. He concludes the hipster ‘comes into view as a creative mode of identity policing… the utterance ‘hipster’ is of little use to the polemics of our contemporary moment.’