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Criticizing Photographs

Criticizing Photographs

Author: Terry Barrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Emphasizing the understanding of images and their influences on how they affect our attitudes, beliefs, and actions, this fully updated sixth edition offers consequential ways of looking at images from the perspectives of photographers, critics, theoreticians, historians, curators, and editors. It invites informed conversations about meanings and implications of images, providing multiple and sometimes conflicting answers to questions such as: What are photographs? Should they be called art? Are they ethical? What are its implications for self, society, and the world? From showing how critics verbalize what they see in images and how they persuade us to see similarly, to dealing with what different photographs might mean, the book posits that some interpretations are better than others and explains how to deliberate among competing interpretations. It looks at how the worth of photographs is judged aesthetically and socially, offering samples and practical considerations for both studio critiques for artists and professional criticism for public audiences. This book is a clear and accessible guide for students of art history, photography and criticism, as well as anyone interested in carefully looking at and talking about photographs and their effects on the world in which we live.

Criticizing Photographs

Criticizing Photographs

Author: Terry Barrett Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Emphasizing the understanding of images and their influences on how they affect our attitudes, beliefs, and actions, this fully updated sixth edition offers consequential ways of looking at images from the perspectives of photographers, critics, theoreticians, historians, curators, and editors. It invites informed conversations about meanings and implications of images, providing multiple and sometimes conflicting answers to questions such as: What are photographs? Should they be called art? Are they ethical? What are its implications for self, society, and the world? From showing how critics verbalize what they see in images and how they persuade us to see similarly, to dealing with what different photographs might mean, the book posits that some interpretations are better than others and explains how to deliberate among competing interpretations. It looks at how the worth of photographs is judged aesthetically and socially, offering samples and practical considerations for both studio critiques for artists and professional criticism for public audiences. This book is a clear and accessible guide for students of art history, photography and criticism, as well as anyone interested in carefully looking at and talking about photographs and their effects on the world in which we live.

Soft Power

Soft Power

Author: Eungie Joo, Manthia Diawara Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2020

Soft Power: A Conversation for the Future accompanies an exhibition of recent work and new commissions by twenty artists from around the world organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. These artists understand themselves as social actors, question their responsibility as citizens, and are active in their role as public intellectuals and provocateurs. Artists featured include Nairy Baghramian, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Motta, and Xaviera Simmons, among many others. The artists bring a broad range of approaches to the work featured in the volume. For example, Frazier's work is known for its searing photographic depictions of African American family and communal history, as well as addressing the effects of gentrification and urban displacement. Xaviera Simmons' photos and video work address memory -- especially notions of landscape-- from the perspective of a Black woman who descended from slaves and European colonizers. This expansive catalogue includes six long-form essays by curators, artists, and other writers, as well as brief texts and interviews introducing the exhibition artists, and features a wide range of work, including video, photography, painting, sculpture, architectural interventions, and performance. Each work of art in its own way considers the collectivehistories and construction of ideologies and other underlying power structures that influence our world. THE BOOK ACCOMPANIES A MAJOR EXHIBITION, THE LARGEST EVER MOUNTED AT SFMOMA: This major exhibition will be staged on every floor of the museum, the first time a group exhibition has ever commanded that amount of space in the museum's history. NEWLY COMMISSIONED WORK: SFMOMA is commissioning new work for the exhibition from several artists, which will be prominently featured in the book INTERNATIONAL FOCUS: Probably one of the most truly international large-scale exhibitions to be mounted of late, this catalogue will feature approximately twenty artists, from cities ranging from Cairo to Goa, India, to Bangkok, Thailand. Soft Power: A Conversation for the Future accompanies an exhibition of recent work and new commissions by twenty artists from around the world organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. These artists understand themselves as social actors, question their responsibility as citizens, and are active in their role as public intellectuals and provocateurs. Artists featured include Nairy Baghramian, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Motta, and Xaviera Simmons, among many others. The artists bring a broad range of approaches to the work featured in the volume. For example, Frazier's work is known for its searing photographic depictions of African American family and communal history, as well as addressing the effects of gentrification and urban displacement. Xaviera Simmons' photos and video work address memory -- especially notions of landscape-- from the perspective of a Black woman who descended from slaves and European colonizers. This expansive catalogue includes six long-form essays by curators, artists, and other writers, as well as brief texts and interviews introducing the exhibition artists, and features a wide range of work, including video, photography, painting, sculpture, architectural interventions, and performance. Each work of art in its own way considers the collectivehistories and construction of ideologies and other underlying power structures that influence our world. THE BOOK ACCOMPANIES A MAJOR EXHIBITION, THE LARGEST EVER MOUNTED AT SFMOMA: This major exhibition will be staged on every floor of the museum, the first time a group exhibition has ever commanded that amount of space in the museum's history. NEWLY COMMISSIONED WORK: SFMOMA is commissioning new work for the exhibition from several artists, which will be prominently featured in the book INTERNATIONAL FOCUS: Probably one of the most truly international large-scale exhibitions to be mounted of late, this catalogue will feature approximately twenty artists, from cities ranging from Cairo to Goa, India, to Bangkok, Thailand.

Maine and American Art

Maine and American Art

Author: Michael K. Komanecky Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2020

Published on the occasion of Maine's bicentennial, the book considers more than 200 major artworks of American art from the Farnsworth Art Museum's impressive holdings and details how the state has figured prominently in the development of American art. The volume includes artists as diverse as Andrew Wyeth, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, Francesco Clemente, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alex Katz, among others. Through their work, a fascinating depiction of the state--and indeed of the development of American art--emerges. In addition to the more than 200 artworks, the volume will feature two historic sites: the Farnsworth Homestead (the National Register of Historic Places home of founder Lucy Copeland Farnsworth) and the National Historic Landmark Olson House, inspiration for some 300 works by Andrew Wyeth, including Christina's World. The book also considers the founder Lucy Copeland Farnsworth's distinctive vision to create a museum, library, and historic house, placing her among the few and still under-recognized women who created museums throughout the United States in the early twentieth century.

Experimental Self-Portraits in Early French Photography

Experimental Self-Portraits in Early French Photography

Author: Jillian Lerner Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2020

This book explores a range of experimental self-portraits made in France between 1840 and 1870, including remarkable images by Hippolyte Bayard, Nadar, Duchenne de Boulogne, and Countess de Castiglione. Adapting photography for different social purposes, each of these pioneers showcased their own body as a living artifact and iconic attraction. Examining performative specimens of early photography, Jillian Lerner considers the medium's uncanny transformation of identity and embodiment. She highlights the tactical importance of photographic demonstrations, promotions, conversations, and the mongrel forms of montage, painted photographs, albums, and personal correspondence. The author shows how photographic practices are mobilized in diverse cultural contexts, and enmeshed with the histories of art, science, publicity, urban spectacle, and private life in nineteenth-century France. Tracing calculated and creative approaches to a new medium, this research also contributes to an archaeology of the present. It furnishes a prehistory of the selfie and offers historical perspectives on the forces that reshape human perception and social experience. This interdisciplinary study will appeal to readers interested in photography, the history of photography, art, visual culture, and media studies.

On the Farm

On the Farm

Author: Aliza Eliazarov Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2020

Avant-Garde Art and Non-Dominant Thought in Postwar Japan

Avant-Garde Art and Non-Dominant Thought in Postwar Japan

Author: K. Yoshida Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/11/2020

This book offers a reassessment of how 'matter' - in the context of art history, criticism and architecture - pursued a radical definition of 'multiplicity', against the dominant and hierarchical tendencies underwriting post-fascist Japan. Through theoretical analysis of works by artists and critics such as Okamoto Taro, Tsuruoka Masao, Kawaguchi Tatsuo and Muraoka Saburo, this highly illustrated text identifies formal oppositions frequently evoked in the Japanese avant-garde, between cognition and image; self and other; human and thing; one and many, in mediums ranging from painting and photography, to sculpture and architecture. In addition to an 'aesthetics of separation' which refuses the integrationist implications of the human, the author proposes the 'anthropofugal' - meaning fleeing the human - as an original concept through which to understand matter in the epistemic universe of the postwar Japanese avant-garde. Chapters in this publication offer dynamic arguments into how artists and critics grounded their work in active disengagement, towards the advancement of an ethics of non-dominance. Avant-Garde Art and Nondominant Thought in Postwar Japan will appeal to students and scholars of Japanese studies, art history, and visual cultures more widely.

The Future of Serious Art

The Future of Serious Art

Author: Bidisha Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Where and who do we want to be? How might we get there? What might happen if we stay on our current course? This brief but mighty book is one of five that comprise the first set of FUTURES essays. Each standalone book presents the author's original vision of a singular aspect of the future which inspires in them hope or reticence, optimism or fear. Read individually, these essays will inform, entertain and challenge. Together, they form a picture of what might lie ahead, and ask the reader to imagine how we might make the transition from here to there, from now to then. In The Future of Serious Art, Bidisha uses her personal journey through novels, TV and film to mirror the seismic changes that have occurred in culture and its industries in recent years. The digital revolution has brought all of TV, cinema and music into the palms of our hands. It's easier than ever to bring stories to life, but what happens when artistic work is rebranded as 'content creation'? Where does this leave literary novelists and arthouse filmmakers? What about those auteur-directors who make mainstream but thoughtful films for the big screen? As a storyteller herself, and a woman of colour who isn't a millennial, Bidisha asks who is taken seriously as an artist, what is taken seriously as art now and how that might change over the next century.

Ebony

Ebony

Author: Lavaille Lavette Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2020

Ebony magazine has been a cultural arbiter and a staple in black households in America since its first issue in November 1945. Founded by John H. Johnson, Ebony reported on, and continues to chronicle, every aspect of life from fashion to civil rights, entertainment, and cooking, and it has become the authoritative perspective for and about the black community. Curated by Ebony Publishing s president and publisher, Lavaille Lavette, this all-out feast of a book is packed with exclusive contributions by Ebony s editor in chief Tracey Ferguson, as well as a host of celebrities, influencers, and cultural icons, including Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Magic Johnson, Deshaun Watson, and Eddie Levert. The book includes more than 600 covers and photographs featuring political forces such as Martin Luther King Jr., Michelle and President Barack Obama, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters; entertainers such as Diana Ross, Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Oprah Winfrey, Prince, and Kanye West; as well as sports heroes like Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Russell Westbrook, and Simone Biles. It also contains select articles, features, and reportage of note, including Martin Luther King Jr. s advice column, and Ebony Fashion Fair photo shoots, divided into categories found within the magazine, including the Gorgeous Women of Ebony: Fashion, Beauty, and Style, Ebony Love, Ebony Men, and Date With a Dish. Unique in the quality of its photographs and contributors, this book is a monumental milestone and inspiration for African American culture mavens as well as seventy-five years of Ebony readers.

Photography After Capitalism

Photography After Capitalism

Author: Ben Burbridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2020

Human Strike and the Art of Creating Freedom

Human Strike and the Art of Creating Freedom

Author: Clare Fontaine, Hal Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2020

The first English-language publication of writings by the collective artist Claire Fontaine, addressing our complicity with anything that limits our freedom.This anthology presents, in chronological order, all the texts by collective artist Claire Fontaine from 2004 to today. Created in 2004 in Paris by James Thornhill and Fulvia Carnevale, the collective artist Clare Fontaine creates texts that are as as experimental and politically charged as her visual practice. In. these writings, she uses the concept of human strike and adopts the radical feminist position that can be found in Tiqqun, a two-issue magazine cofounded by Carnevale. Human strike is a movement that is broader and more radical than any general strike. It addresses our inevitable subjective complicity with everything that limits our freedom and shows how to abandon these self-destructive behaviors through desubjectivization. Human strike, Claire Fontaine writes, is a subjective struggle to separate from the inevitable harm we do to ourselves and others simply by living within postindustrial neoliberalism. Human Strike is the first English-language publication of Claire Fontaine's influential and important theoretical writings.