Transformative Beauty

Author: Amy Woodson-Boulton
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804780536
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Transformative Beauty. Why did British industrial cities build art museums? By exploring the histories of the municipal art museums in Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester, Transformative Beauty examines the underlying logic of the Victorian art museum movement. These museums attempted to create a space free from the moral and physical ugliness of industrial capitalism. Deeply engaged with the social criticism of John Ruskin, reformers created a new, prominent urban institution, a domesticated public space that not only aimed to provide refuge from the corrosive effects of industrial society but also provided a remarkably unified secular alternative to traditional religion. Woodson-Boulton raises provocative questions about the meaning and use of art in relation to artistic practice, urban development, social justice, education, and class. In today's context of global austerity and shrinking government support of public cultural institutions, this book is a timely consideration of arts policy and purposes in modern society.

Das Kunstwerk Im Zeitalter Seiner Technischen Reproduzierbarkeit

Author: Walter Benjamin
ISBN: 9783518585894
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Das Kunstwerk Im Zeitalter Seiner Technischen Reproduzierbarkeit. Die Abhandlung, die zu Lebzeiten des Autors nur in einer französischen Übersetzung erschien, wird aus dem Nachlass ediert, und zwar im vollständigen Textbestand. Dieser umfasst fünf in sich abgeschlossene Fassungen aus der Zeit zwischen Herbst 1935 und Sommer 1936 sowie zahlreiche Manuskripte zur Weiterarbeit, die zwischen 1936 und 1940 entstanden sind. Sowohl die erste Fassung wie auch andere theoretisch bedeutsame Manuskripte werden damit erstmals zugänglich gemacht. Der Kommentarteil erörtert detailliert die Entstehungsgeschichte und erschließt die vielfältigen Zitat- und Quellenbezüge. Bislang unbekannte Zeugnisse zu Benjamins Publikationsbemühungen und zur damaligen Rezeption werden im Dokumentarteil abgedruckt. Das Nachwort des Herausgebers erhellt den politischen Kontext der Schrift und stellt deren ästhetische wie medientheoretische Aktualität für eine postkapitalistische Perspektive heraus.

Visions Of The Industrial Age 1830 1914

Author: Minsoo Kang
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780754664888
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Visions Of The Industrial Age 1830 1914. Diverse and wide-ranging, the essays collected here examine nineteenth-century visual culture as European culture redefined itself, embracing political and social change yet expressing tensions and anxieties about modernity. Scholars of history, art, the history of science and literature combine forces to investigate the role of visual representation by looking at changing ideas expressed in representations of science, technology, politics, and culture in advertising, art, periodicals, and novels.

Wilder Mann

Author: Charles Fréger
ISBN: 9783868282955
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Wilder Mann. Each year, throughout Europe, from Scotland to Bulgaria, from Finland to Italy, from Portugal to Greece via France, Switzerland and Germany, people literally put themselves into the skin of the "savage," in masquerades that stretch back centuries. The rituals are centuries old and celebrate the seasonal cycle, fertility, life, and death By becoming a bear, a goat, a stag, a wild boar, a man of straw, a devil, or a monster with jaws of steel, these people celebrate the cycle of life and seasons. The costumes amaze with their extraordinary diversity and prodigious beauty. Work on this project took leading French photographer Charles Fréger to eighteen European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man.


Author: Alain De Botton
Publisher: Fischer
ISBN: 9781541140219
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Recycled Re Seen

Author: Charlene Cerny
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
ISBN: 9780810926660
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Recycled Re Seen. Showcases art made from found objects while exploring Americans' concepts of thrift and wastefulness and the materialistic orientations of Western society