Boxer: An Anthology of Writings on Boxing and the Visual Arts

Overview

Boxing has always provoked passionate responses, attracting committed followers and outspoken critics in all sections of society. Objections to the spectacle of legal violence has been tempered by those who admire and are drawn to boxing as a supremely disciplined activity, who see it as a science or an art. But many still revile it as a decadent sport. It is these tensions, between sport and art, aesthetics and perversion, that have shaped boxing 's rich history and forged its special links with the art world ...

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Overview

Boxing has always provoked passionate responses, attracting committed followers and outspoken critics in all sections of society. Objections to the spectacle of legal violence has been tempered by those who admire and are drawn to boxing as a supremely disciplined activity, who see it as a science or an art. But many still revile it as a decadent sport. It is these tensions, between sport and art, aesthetics and perversion, that have shaped boxing 's rich history and forged its special links with the art world over three decades.The ten essays and duotone illustrations inBoxer provide a multifaceted look at perceptions of the sport, embracing issues of masculinity,class, eroticism, and race. Contributors (most of whose work was commissioned especially for this volume) include Joyce Carol Oates, Marcia Pointon, Sarah Hyde, Ian Jeffrey, David Alan Mellor, JeanFisher, Keith Piper, Nick James, Jennifer Hargreaves, and Roger Conover. Their essays examine boxing in a wide variety of contexts — high art and popular culture, painting and sculpture, photography,film, and television — yet they all see boxing and the visual arts as having a unique relationship that crosses and confuses social and artistic hierarchies.Distributed for the Institute ofInternational Visual Arts, London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531436
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilane Tawadros is the founding director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pictures of Boxing 13
On Boxing 27
Pugilism, Painters and National Identity in Early Nineteenth-Century England 35
From Joe Louis to the Sluggers - Boxing Mediated 43
James Coleman's Box (Ahhareturnabout) 55
Skin Tight 59
Four Corners: A Contest of Opposites 71
The Ring of Impossibility, or, The Failure to Recover Authenticity in the Recent Cinema of Boxing 81
The Noble Art: Boxing and Visual Culture in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain 93
Arthur Cravan: Stances of the Century 99
Raging Bulls: Sexuality and the Boxing Movie 113
Bruising Peg to Boxerobics: Gendered Boxing - Images and Meanings 121
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