Art and Celebrity

Art and Celebrity

by John A. Walker
     
 

Another groundbreaking study from an acknowledged expert on the art/mass media interaction. Global culture is now dominated by celebrities, some of whom - like Madonna and Stallone - are art collectors; and some - like Dennis Hopper and David Bowie - are spare-time artists. Walker explains how artists such as Warhol, Gavin Turk, Jeff Koons and Elizabeth Peyton… See more details below

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Another groundbreaking study from an acknowledged expert on the art/mass media interaction. Global culture is now dominated by celebrities, some of whom - like Madonna and Stallone - are art collectors; and some - like Dennis Hopper and David Bowie - are spare-time artists. Walker explains how artists such as Warhol, Gavin Turk, Jeff Koons and Elizabeth Peyton contribute to, but also critique, the cult of celebrity by depicting film and rock stars, and Princess Diana, in paintings and statues. Celebritization has overtaken the art world too: Walker surveys fourteen art stars of the twentieth century from Dali to Tracey Emin. He also reviews alternatives: the left wing pantheon of figures such as Mao, Che Guevara and Rosa Luxemburg, and pictorial celebrations of the people. Finally, Walker considers the pros and cons of celebrityhood for artists and its effects on current art, and discusses the return of the hero in the wake of 11 September 2001.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745318493
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
12/20/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Celebrities as Art Collectors and Artists32
2Artists Depict Celebrities88
3Simulation and Celebrities142
4Alternative Heroes158
5Art Stars193
Conclusion260
Notes268
Bibliography283
Index287

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