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The Aesthetics of Power

The Aesthetics of Power
Essays in the Critical History of Art

Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: July 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2000
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521421874

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  • The Aesthetics of Power gathers together the key articles and essays by Carol Duncan, one of the pioneers of a new socio-political approach to art history and criticism, and one of the strongest feminist voices to emerge in the 1970s and '80s. These essays, many of which have become classics, explore a wide variety of subjects: images of mothers, fathers, and children in eighteenth century art and culture; the image of the female nude in the context of the modern museum; and the role of modern art criticism in today's art market. Other essays examine the contexts in which art is seen, taught, and made. Whatever her theme, Duncan treats art as a working part of a larger social reality and a pathway to understanding its deepest tensions, fears, and desires. A final section of this book is devoted to the life and collected critical writings of Cheryl Bernstein, a fictitious critic created by Duncan as parody, but who was taken as a real and eventually influential, critic.

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    • Date Published: July 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521421874
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.642kg
    • contains: 53 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2000
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Preface
    Illustrations
    Part I. Mothers, Fathers and Monarchs:
    1. Happy mothers and other new ideas in eighteenth-century French art
    2. Fallen fathers: images of authority in pre-revolutionary French art
    3. Ingres and the politics of the restoration
    Part II. Modern Art and the Social Relations Between the Sexes:
    4. Virility and domination in early twentieth-century vanguard painting
    5. The esthetics of power
    6. When greatness is a box of wheaties
    Part III. Teaching, Talking aand Exhibition Art: Institutional Settings:
    7. Teaching the rich
    8. Neutralising the age of revolution
    9. Making an art of work
    10. In the eye of the soldier
    11. Who rules the art world?
    12. The momas hot momas
    Part IV. The Life and Works of Cheryl Bernstein:
    13. Introduction by Carol Duncan
    14. The fake as more by Cheryl Bernstein
    15. Performance as news: notes on an intermedia guerilla art group by Cheryl Bernstein.

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    Carol Duncan

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