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Art from Start to Finish: Jazz, Painting, Writing and Other Improvisations
     

Art from Start to Finish: Jazz, Painting, Writing and Other Improvisations

by Howard S. Becker, Robert R. Faulkner, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
 

ISBN-10: 0226040844

ISBN-13: 9780226040844

Pub. Date: 05/15/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

When is an artistic work finished? When the copyeditor makes the final correction to a manuscript, when the composer writes the last note of a symphony, or when the painter puts the last brushstroke on the canvas? Perhaps it's even later, when someone reads the work, when an ensemble performs, or when the painting is hung on a gallery wall for viewing?

Art

Overview

When is an artistic work finished? When the copyeditor makes the final correction to a manuscript, when the composer writes the last note of a symphony, or when the painter puts the last brushstroke on the canvas? Perhaps it's even later, when someone reads the work, when an ensemble performs, or when the painting is hung on a gallery wall for viewing?

Art from Start to Finish gathers a unique group of contributors from the worlds of sociology, musicology, literature, and communications—many of them practicing artists in their own right—to discuss how artists from jazz musicians to painters work: how they coordinate their efforts, how they think, how they start, and, of course, how they finish their productions.
Specialists in the arts have much to say about the works themselves, which are often neglected by scholars in other fields. Art from Start to Finish takes a different tack by exploring the creative process itself and its social component. Any reader who makes art or has an interest in it will value this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226040844
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword | Stanley Katz....................ix
Preface | Howard S. Becker, Robert R. Faulkner, and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett....................xiii
Editors' Introduction | Art from Start to Finish: Howard S. Becker, Robert R. Faulkner, and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett....................1
1 The Work Itself HOWARD S. BECKER....................21
2 Profiles of the Unfinished: Rodin's Work and the Varieties of Incompleteness PIERRE-MICHEL MENGER....................31
3 "How do I know I am Finnish?" The Computer, the Archive, the Literary Artist, and the Work as Social Object MICHAEL JOYCE....................69
4 Shedding Culture ROBERT R. FAULKNER....................91
5 This Is What I Do SCOTT DEVEAUX....................118
6 Grasping Shona Musical Works: A Case Study of Mbira Music PAUL BERLINER....................126
7 Economic Analysis and Steps toward Completing the Work RICHARD E. CAVES....................135
8 The Fragment Itself LARRY GROSS....................149
9 Object / Shadows-Notes on a Developing Art Form LARRY KAGAN....................158
10 "This is a stone from the endless beach": An Interview with Max Gimblett BARBARA KIRSHENBLATT-GIMBLETT....................173
11 Art Works MICHAEL D. HARRIS....................200
12 Wallace Stevens's Jar BRUCE JACKSON....................216
List of Contributors....................229
Index....................231

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