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Esteemed critic, painter, and writer Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe offers a provocative critique of beauty in relation to the contemporary notion of the sublime, which is now found in technology and a high-powered economy rather than in nature. Refuting established views, this book questions today's ideas of beauty, including those applied to contemporary art, and proposes a secular theory of beauty as glamorous rather than good, frivolous rather than serious. An illuminating read, this book provides excellent course material for classes in philosophy, cultural studies, art history, and aesthetics.
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|Introduction: Sublimitas Mobilis||p. VIII|
|There Is a Historical Context: (Not) Only the Strong (Signs) Survive||p. 1|
|The Attack: Painting and the Invention of Photography (Forget Duchamp)||p. 19|
|Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime||p. 41|
|The Attraction: Painting and the Photographic Model||p. 87|
|Walking in a Gaze|
|Blankness As a Signifier||p. 109|
|The End of Absence|
|The Visible Post-Human in the Technological Sublime||p. 125|
|Being Disturbed, or Deferred|
|A Last Word about Beauty||p. 145|
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Series: Aesthetics Today
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3