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Museology
     

Museology

by Richard Ross, Marcia Tucker (Adapted by), David Mellor (Adapted by)
 
Museology. Photographs by Richard Ross. Introduction by Marcia Tucker. Essay by David Mellor In association with the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara. Ross examines the institution of modern museums, focusing both on the public display of art and artifacts and on the phenomenon of the museum itself. 55 fourcolor photographs, 10 X 12, 80 pages. Hardcover. .

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Museology. Photographs by Richard Ross. Introduction by Marcia Tucker. Essay by David Mellor In association with the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara. Ross examines the institution of modern museums, focusing both on the public display of art and artifacts and on the phenomenon of the museum itself. 55 fourcolor photographs, 10 X 12, 80 pages. Hardcover. .

"Ross proves that there is no need to distort or play any number of photographic tricks to attain a picture that is involving, has many layers of meaning, rich detail and irony, and is strangely beautiful as well.

Pamela Kessler, Washington Post

"If Mr. Ross stresses the deadening atmosphere of museums by focusing on sedate rows of framed paintings and encased samples of the world's wildlife, his photographs achieve a vitality of their own through humorous juxtapositions, suggestive light and, sometimes, sheer glowing beauty.

Rosemary Ranck, The New York Times Book Review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these color photographs of art and natural history museums and their holdings, Ross, who teaches at UC Santa Barbara, wields considerable wit in constructing images of the institutions as we don't usually see them. In some cases, an animal's spirit is shown to have survived the taxidermist's art, flouting the authority of the knife (the face of a stuffed rhinoceros peers skeptically through glass, as though once again regnant). Elsewhere, held in suspended animation, victims in display cases seem sustained only by artifice, creating illusions of a perfectly orderly, hierarchical nature brought home to roost. In pure fun, Ross portrays a classical nude sculpture appearing to take cover from onlookers in a museum corner, and offers a delightful closeup of stuffed lions engaged in ferociously kitsch battle. But his thoughtful book, an exhibition catalogue, does more than amuse; it leaves readers with disquieting thoughts of predator and prey in museums and culture at large. (Apr.)
Booknews
Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name organized by the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara. In a unique collection of color photos from museums around the world, Ross (photography, U. of Calif., Santa Barbara) deconstructs the formal, public display of art and artifacts, and reveals the museum itself as a cultural product embodying both the sublime and the ridiculous. 10x12". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893813765
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
04/28/1989
Series:
New Images Book Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
10.31(w) x 12.34(h) x 0.56(d)

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