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Beyond Piety

Beyond Piety
Critical Essays on the Visual Arts, 1986–1993

Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466110


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  • Beyond Piety examines several fundamental questions regarding the work of art and such aesthetic issues as pleasure, beauty and completeness, especially as it functions within the contexts of discontinuity, deferral, displacement and multiplicity. This collection offers a reassessment of the relationship between the art work (or any object considered as something to be looked at) and argument. Engaging the work of art with the discourses of the body, history and textuality, the book offers, moreover, an approach to contemporary art through a novel application of French theory, which is used to reopen questions that have, in both conservative and avant-garde circles, generally been considered to be resolved.

    • Examines contemporary art through application of French theory, thereby reopening debates previously thought to have been resolved
    • Examines fundamental questions about the work of art and how it functions within the contexts of discontinuity, deferral, displacement and multiplicity
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    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466110
    • length: 393 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.983kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Representation, Nonrepresentation, Pleasure:
    1. Edouard Manet and the Pleasure Problematic
    2. The Impressionist revolution and Duchamp's myopia
    3. Seriousness and difficulty in criticism
    4. Vision's resistance to language
    5. Irreconcilable similarities: The Idea of Nonrepresentation
    6. Nonrepresentation in 1988: meaning-production beyond the scope of the Pious
    Part II. The Immediate Past:
    7. Unmade in America
    8. Diebenkorn's ambivalence
    9. James Hayward: nonrepresentation which doesn't represent
    10. Irwin in the sixties: expression, LINES, DOTS, DISCS, LIGHT
    11. Andy as auntie
    Part III. Theory In Soho:
    12. From reading to unreading, Barthes' challenge and Derrida's truth
    13. Van Gogh, Schapiro, Heidegger, and Derrida
    14. Beyond absence
    15. Baudrillard's aestheticism and the art world's politics
    16. Peter Halley's writing: The Quest for the Veil
    17. Where do Pictures Come From? Sarah Charlesworth and the sexual development of the sign
    Part IV. Praxis, Practice:
    18. A forest of signs
    The Price of Goodness
    19. Roni Horn
    20. Christian Haub and the extremities of the surface
    21. Painting movement
    22. Jab/panic
    23. Frank Gehry's Rebecca's
    Part V. Clothes, Masks, Bodies:
    24. A thigh-length history of the fashion photograph: an abbreviated theory of the body
    25. The Beach Party and the Parties of Power (summer's content, winter's discontent)
    26. Hey Baby, Where'd You Get That Hat?
    27. Fashion's revenge
    28. Mask/masque
    29. Moist attraction: observations on an advertisement which appeared in Vogue (US), May 1992
    Part VI. Place and Placelessness:
    30. Locus, locale, region, régime
    31. Sculpture as everything else: twenty years or so of the question of landscape
    32. House blown apart
    33. Intersections
    34. The end of whose century?
    35. Born to be mild.

  • Author

    Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena


    Norman Bryson, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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