Picturing the Self: Changing Views of the Subject in Visual Culture by Gen Doy, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Picturing the Self: Changing Views of the Subject in Visual Culture

Picturing the Self: Changing Views of the Subject in Visual Culture

by Gen Doy
     
 

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Ideas of selfhood, from Descartes to postmodern notions of the fragmented and de-centred self, have been crucial to the visual arts. Gen Doy explores this relationship, primarily in relation to contemporary art but also going back to the early modern period and Holbein's Ambassadors. She argues that the importance of subjectivity for art goes far beyond

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Ideas of selfhood, from Descartes to postmodern notions of the fragmented and de-centred self, have been crucial to the visual arts. Gen Doy explores this relationship, primarily in relation to contemporary art but also going back to the early modern period and Holbein's Ambassadors. She argues that the importance of subjectivity for art goes far beyond self-portraits, exploring the self and identity--both the artist's and the viewer's--and seeks a way of thinking the self that goes beyond both Cartesian and postmodern approaches to subjecthood. She looks too at work and consumption; self-presentation; photography and the theatre of the self; the marginalized--beggars and asylum seekers--and ""the real me."" A wide range of artists, including Claude Cahun, Tracey Emin, Jeff Wall, Barbara Kruger, Eugene Palmer and Karen Knorr are discussed, as well as historical material from earlier periods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850434122
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author


Gen Doy is Professor of the History and Theory of Visual Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester and the author of Black Visual Culture: Modernity and Postmodernity and Drapery: Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture (both I.B.Tauris)

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