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Performing the Body/Performing the Text - Amelia Jones

Performing the Body/Performing the Text

By: Amelia Jones (Editor), Andrew Stephenson (Editor)

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Since the 1960s, visual art practices--from body art to minimalism--have taken contemporary art outside the museum and gallery by embracing theatricality and performance and exploding the boundaries set by traditional art criticism. Such practices prompt us to reassess our ways of contructing meaning from art, making us receptive to the element of performance both in the processes of art production, and in the act of interpretation itself. "Performing the Body/Performing the Text" explores the new performativity in art theory and practice, examining ways of rethinking interpretive processes in visual culture. This collection undertakes two parallel projects: exploring art practices which perform the subject, and examining ways in which modes of performativity in contemporary art offers new models for interpreting artworks. Demonstrating how modernist art criticism attempts to fix the work with more stable sets of aesthetic meanings, the contributors argue that interpretation needs to be recognised as much more dynamic and contingent. It does not come naturally' at the moment of contact with the artwork, but is worked out as an ongoing, open performance between artists and spectators, with meaning circulating fluidly in the complex web of connections between artists, patrons, collectors, and between both specialised and non-specialised viewers within the arena of encounter. Offering its own performance script, and embracing both canonical fine' artists such as Manet, De Kooning and Jasper Johns, and performance artists such as Vito Acconci, Gunter Brus and the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, "Performing the Body/Performing the Text" offers radical re-readings of art works and points confidently towards new models for understanding art.

..."I found...the articles included in "Performing the Body/Performing the Text...compelling....." -"Journal of Performance and Art, Jennie Klein

List of platesp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Reason and remainders: Kantian performativity in the history of artp. 11
Performing modernity: the art of art historyp. 29
Art history/art criticism: performing meaningp. 39
Cross-cultural reiterations: Demetra Vaka Brown and the performance of racialized female beautyp. 56
Race, ritual, and responsibility: performativity and the southern lynchingp. 76
Shading meaningp. 89
The greatest homosexual? Camp pleasure and the performative body of Larry Riversp. 107
The politics of feminist spectatorship and the disruptive body: de Kooning's Woman I reconsideredp. 127
'Catholic tastes': hurting and healing the body in Viennese Actionism in the 1960sp. 138
Contests for meaning in body politics and feminist conceptual art: revisioning the 1970s through the work of Eleanor Antinp. 153
Dismembership: Jasper Johns and the body politicp. 170
Performing clits and other lesbian tricks: speculations on an aesthetics of lackp. 186
Renaming Untitled Flesh: marking the politics of marginalityp. 199
Andy Warhol: performances of Death in Americap. 223
STUFF: a performancep. 237
Following Acconci/targeting visionp. 255
Performing vision in the theatre of the gaze: the work of Douglas Gordonp. 273
What sense do the senses make? Aspects of corporeality in the works of Miriam Cahn and Maureen Connorp. 283
Author/artist indexp. 294
Subject indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780415190602
ISBN-10: 0415190606
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1