Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions

Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions

by Steven C. Dubin, C. Dubin Steven
     
 

Although contemporary art may sometimes shock us, more alarming are recent attempts to regulate its display. Drawing upon extensive interviews, a broad sampling of media accounts, legal documents and his own observations of important events, sociologist Steven Dubin surveys the recent trend in censorship of the visual arts, photography and film, as well as artistic

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Although contemporary art may sometimes shock us, more alarming are recent attempts to regulate its display. Drawing upon extensive interviews, a broad sampling of media accounts, legal documents and his own observations of important events, sociologist Steven Dubin surveys the recent trend in censorship of the visual arts, photography and film, as well as artistic upstarts such as video and performance art. He examines the dual meaning of arresting images—both the nature of art work which disarms its viewers and the social reaction to it. Arresting Images examines the battles which erupt when artists address such controversial issues as racial polarization, AIDS, gay-bashing and sexual inequality in their work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415908931
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
1,115,907
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Politics Of Diversion12
2The Bachelor Stripped Bare26
3Hue And Cry44
4Spiritual Tests79
5Rally 'Round The Flag102
6The Body As Spectacle125
7Gay Images And The Social Construction Of Acceptability159
8AIDS: Bearing Witness197
9Defenders Of The Faith: Twentieth Century Puritans and Connoisseurs226
10Artists En Garde249
11The Government As Patron: Angel Or Demon?278
12The Art Of Controversy294
Notes313
Index369

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