Representing the Passions: Histories, Bodies, Visions

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Representing the Passions explores the interplay between the experience of extravagant emotions and their expression in Western art, music, and writing.
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Library Journal
Presenting a wonderful opportunity to observe artist and museum collaborate, Bill Viola: The Passions catalogs an exhibition born of this pioneering video artist's involvement in the Getty's scholars-in-residence program on the theme of the passions. As visiting scholar, Viola studied medieval and Renaissance art depicting passionate emotions, closely observing artists' representations of facial expression and body language. He then worked with actors to develop pieces influenced by the art he had studied, making use of close-up and extreme slow motion to emphasize gesture and using state-of-the-art plasma screens for their clarity. The result was The Passions, a series of 20 video works presented in this beautifully designed book through sequential images, foldouts, and other attractive design features. Included are an excellent essay by the exhibition's curator, John Walsh; an interview with Viola by art historian/media theorist Hans Belting; frame sequences from each of the Passions pieces, with the artist's descriptions; the artist's handwritten notes; and a Viola chronology, exhibition listing, and bibliography. Recommended for libraries collecting in contemporary art or curatorial studies. Representing the Passions is a collection of essays written under the auspices of the Getty's scholar-in-residence program and addressing the theme of the passions, with a few pages dedicated to Viola's work. Included are essays encompassing the visual arts, music, history, linguistics, and technology, often within the context of 17th- and 18th-century European culture. The cross-disciplinary contributors include Martha Feldman, Teresa McKenna, and Horst Bredekamp. The essays address "a social need to name and represent the passions" and explore how literature, music, philosophy, and visual culture serve as reference points for our understanding of the passions. The methodology draws from the field of cultural studies; the content is fascinating and demanding. Best suited for libraries serving scholars and advanced students in art history, visual studies, and cultural studies.-Michael Dashkin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892366767
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Issues and Debates Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Problem of the Passions 1
Cogito Embodied: Force and Counterforce in Rene Descartes Les passions de l'ame 13
Music and the Order of the Passions 37
Masses, Mind, Matter: Political Passions and Collective Violence in Post-Imperial Austria 69
Observations on the Natural History of the Web 103
Bill Viola, Passions Series - Images and Production Notes
Unspeakable Passions: The Civil and Savage Lessons of Early Modern Animal Representation 137
The Afterlife of Sarah Siddons; or, The Archives of Performance 163
Pulling Ribbons from Mouths: Roland Barthes's Umbilical Referent 175
Anne and Patrick Poirier, Perverse Passions - Perversity Douleur Caresses Desire Traces Anonyme Violation Obscur
Pleasure and Misery: Catholic Sources of Paul Gauguin's and Pablo Picasso's Abstraction 217
Collecting against Forgetting: East of the River: Chicano Art Collectors Anonymous 249
A Passion for the Dead: Ancient Objects and Everyday Life 270
Biographical Notes on the Contributors 289
Illustration Credits 292
Index 295
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