Art and the Committed Eye: The Culture Functions of Imagery

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In Art and the Committed Eye Richard Leppert examines Western European and American art from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. He studies the complex relation between the "look” of images and the variety of social and cultural uses to which they are put and demonstrates that the meaning of any image is significantly determined by its function, which changes over time. In particular, he emphasizes the ways in which visual culture is called on to mediate social differences defined by gender, class, and ...

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Overview

In Art and the Committed Eye Richard Leppert examines Western European and American art from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. He studies the complex relation between the "look” of images and the variety of social and cultural uses to which they are put and demonstrates that the meaning of any image is significantly determined by its function, which changes over time. In particular, he emphasizes the ways in which visual culture is called on to mediate social differences defined by gender, class, and race.In Part 1, Leppert addresses the nature and task of representation, discussing how meaning accrues to images and what role vision and visuality play in the history of modernity. Here he explains imagery’s power to attract our gaze by triggering desire and focuses on the long history of the use of representation to enact a deception, whether in painting or advertising.Part 2 explores art’s relation to the material world, to the ways in which images mark our various physical and psychic ties to objects. The author analyzes still life paintings whose subject matter is both extraordinarily diverse and deeply paradoxical—from flower bouquets to grotesque formal arrangements of human body parts. Leppert demonstrates that even in "innocent” still lifes, formal design and technical execution are imbued with cultural conflict and social power.Part 3 is devoted to the representation of the human body—as subject to obsessive gazing and as an object of display, spectacle, and transgression. The variety of body representation is enormous: pleased or tortured, gorgeous or monstrous, modest or lascivious, powerful or weak, in the bloom of life or under the anatomist’s knife, clothed or naked. But it is the sexual body, Leppert shows, that has provided the West with its richest, most complex, contradictory, conflicted, and paradoxical accounts of human identity in relation to social ideals.

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Ten historians detail research in the various structures, voices, communities, and educational focuses of the black press in the Midwest. The contributors look at the history of African American newspapers from the mid 19th century to the present in Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The media study, integral to African American history, highlights the continuing support newspapers gave to their communities, particularly in the Midwest where they operated in a relatively hassle free environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813315393
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/1996
  • Series: Cultural Studies
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

Richard Leppert is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. His numerous books include Art and the Committed Eye: The Cultural Functions of Imagery, The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body, and, most recently, Essays on Music, an edition of selected essays by Theodore W. Adorno.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Color Plates
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 Representation and the Politics of Deception 19
2 Still(ed) Life, Beauty, and Regimes of Power 41
3 Death as Object 57
4 Death and the Pleasures of Meat 73
5 Sensing 103
6 Body Examination: Scalpel and Brush 113
7 Portrait: Dramatizing the Body 153
8 Others' Bodies: Class and Race 173
9 The Female Nude: Surfaces of Desire 211
10 The Male Nude: Identity and Denial 247
Notes 275
Works Cited 313
About the Book and Author 335
Index 337
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