Americans, on average, spend between six and ten seconds with individual artworks in museums or galleries—hardly time enough. But how, in our culture of distraction, might we extend attention? Slow Art models sustained ways of looking, through encounters with various media both present and past—including photography, painting, sculpture, “living pictures,” film, video, digital and performance art—even light and space. Works by Diderot, Emma Hamilton, Oscar Wilde, Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Andy Warhol, and Richard Serra, among others, shape a new and distinct aesthetic field. But rather than a collection of objects, slow art is participatory—it directly engages beholders to bring artworks to life. Against current orthodoxy, Arden Reed argues that, for contemporary viewers, the contemplation of slow art is akin to religious practices during the ages of faith.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
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About the Author
Arden Reed (1947–2017) was Arthur and Fanny Dole Professor of English at Pomona College. He wrote on the visual arts and literature, and his publications include Manet, Flaubert, and the Emergence of Modernism and Romantic Weather: The Climates of Coleridge and Baudelaire.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations List of Video Examples Acknowledgments Introduction: Marking Time PART I: DRAWING OUT SLOW ART 1. What Is Slow Art? (When Images Swell into Events and Events Condense into Images) 2. Living(?) Pictures PART II: EPISODES FROM A SHORT HISTORY OF SLOW LOOKING 3. Before Slow Art 4. Slow Art Emerges in Modernity I: Secularization from Diderot to Wilde 5. Slow Art Emerges in Modernity II: The Great Age of Speed PART III: SLOW ART NOW 6. Slow Fiction, Film, Video, Performance Art, 1960 to 2010 7. Slow Photography, Painting, Installation Art, Sculpture, 1960 to 2010 8. Angel and Devil of Slow Art Notes Bibliography Index