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The Puppet Show
     

The Puppet Show

by Ingrid Schaffner (Editor), Carin Kuoni (Editor), Allen Weiss (Contribution by), Michael Taylor (Text by), Claudia Gould (Contribution by)
 

At first glance, The Puppet Show seems a flip title. Organized by Philadelphia ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner and Carin Kuoni, this exhibition catalogue focuses—with both humor and gravity—on the surprisingly prodigious amount of puppet imagery in contemporary art. It takes as its historic point of departure one of the first episodes of

Overview

At first glance, The Puppet Show seems a flip title. Organized by Philadelphia ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner and Carin Kuoni, this exhibition catalogue focuses—with both humor and gravity—on the surprisingly prodigious amount of puppet imagery in contemporary art. It takes as its historic point of departure one of the first episodes of avant-garde art history: Alfred Jarry's 1896 puppet play Ubu Roi, which the South African artist William Kentridge, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, has adapted into an allegory of apartheid. Other puppets are featured in works from more than 30 well-established, international artists, including Anne Chu, Terence Gower, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith and Kara Walker. This volume also looks at puppets in Modern art and popular culture—from Sophie Tauber Arp’s Dada marionettes to the Internet phenomenon of the “sockpuppet”—a well-known person’s fake online persona, created in order to boost public opinion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884541134
Publisher:
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Taylor is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Allan S. Weiss is a theorist, writer, editor and playwright. He directed Theater of the Ears and Danse Macabre. He teaches in the departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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