Art and Celebrity

Art and Celebrity

by John A. Walker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745318495

ISBN-13: 9780745318493

Pub. Date: 12/20/2002

Publisher: Pluto Press

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

Overview

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

1. Celebrities as Artists and Art Collectors
2. Artists depict Celebrities
3. Simulation and Celebrities
4. Alternative Heroes
5. Artists as Celebrities
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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