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Potential Images : Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art - Dario Gamboni

Potential Images

Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art

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Published: 26th March 2004
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Ambiguity is inherent in images because visual perception is an interpretative act involving memory and imagination. Modern art has made this aspect of perception crucial to its relationship with the viewer. Potential Images, the first systematic exploration of this topic, considers those works of art that rely to a great degree on imaginative response.

Dario Gamboni concentrates on the last decades of the nineteenth and first decades of the twentieth centuries, during which ambiguity and indeterminacy became defining characteristics of art. He examines how work by Redon, Gauguin, Rodin, Duchamp and numerous others sought to involve the beholder and reshaped artistic communication. Drawing on a vast range of sources, Gamboni finds striking parallels in other realms of contemporary culture and points to the intense exchanges that supported this process of cultural transformation. Potential Images also identifies the historical antecedents of this appeal to the viewer, finally proposing a conception of art in which artist and audience occupy symmetrical, equal and even interchangeable positions.

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introduction: The 'sense of mystery'p. 9
Ambiguity and indeterminacyp. 13
From the origins to the classical agep. 21
From the Enlightenment to Impressionismp. 42
Redon, Ensor, Seuratp. 68
Gauguin, Pont-Aven and the Nabisp. 86
At the turn of the centuryp. 105
Cubism, Abstraction and Readymadep. 131
In the society of imagesp. 149
In the company of wordsp. 168
In the world of ideasp. 183
Between two warsp. 201
Ambiguity after Modernismp. 219
Conclusion: Redistributions of authorityp. 241
Referencesp. 245
List of Illustrationsp. 295
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9781861891495
ISBN-10: 1861891490
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th March 2004
Publisher: REAKTION BOOKS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 21.59  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.2