Performing the Body/Performing the Text

Performing the Body/Performing the Text

by Amelia Jones
     
 

This book explores the new performativity in art theory and practice, examining ways of rethinking interpretive processes in visual culture. Since the 1960s, visual art practices - from body art to minimalism - have taken contemporary art outside the museum and gallery; by embracing theatricality and performance and exploding the boundaries set by traditional art

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This book explores the new performativity in art theory and practice, examining ways of rethinking interpretive processes in visual culture. Since the 1960s, visual art practices - from body art to minimalism - have taken contemporary art outside the museum and gallery; by embracing theatricality and performance and exploding the boundaries set by traditional art criticism. The contributors argue that interpretation needs to be recognised as much more dynamic and contingent. Offering its own performance script, and embracing both canonical fine artists such as Manet, De Kooning and Jasper Johns, and performance artists such as Vito Acconci and Gunter Brus, this book offers radical re-readings of art works and points confidently towards new models for understanding art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415190602
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Reason and remainders: Kantian performativity in the history of art11
2Performing modernity: the art of art history29
3Art history/art criticism: performing meaning39
4Cross-cultural reiterations: Demetra Vaka Brown and the performance of racialized female beauty56
5Race, ritual, and responsibility: performativity and the southern lynching76
6Shading meaning89
7The greatest homosexual? Camp pleasure and the performative body of Larry Rivers107
8The politics of feminist spectatorship and the disruptive body: de Kooning's Woman I reconsidered127
9'Catholic tastes': hurting and healing the body in Viennese Actionism in the 1960s138
10Contests for meaning in body politics and feminist conceptual art: revisioning the 1970s through the work of Eleanor Antin153
11Dismembership: Jasper Johns and the body politic170
12Performing clits and other lesbian tricks: speculations on an aesthetics of lack186
13Renaming Untitled Flesh: marking the politics of marginality199
14Andy Warhol: performances of Death in America223
15STUFF: a performance237
16Following Acconci/targeting vision255
17Performing vision in the theatre of the gaze: the work of Douglas Gordon273
18What sense do the senses make? Aspects of corporeality in the works of Miriam Cahn and Maureen Connor283
Author/artist index294
Subject index299

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