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The Optical Unconscious : October Books (Paperback) - Rosalind E. Krauss

The Optical Unconscious

October Books (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 25th July 1994
ISBN: 9780262611053
Number Of Pages: 366
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"The Optical Unconscious" is a pointed protest against the official story of modernism and against the critical tradition that attempted to define modern art according to certain sacred commandments and self-fulfilling truths. Rosalind Krauss tells the story of the optical unconscious, an unruly, disruptive force that persistently haunted the field of modernism from the 1920s to the 1950s and continues to disrupt it today. From Max Ernst's collage novels and Marcel Duchamp's hypnotic "Rotoreliefs" to Jackson Pollock's drip pictures and Eva Hesse's luminous sculptures, she finds artists who offered readymade images of obsessional fantasy in place of modernism's intentionality and unexamined compulsions.

Industry Reviews

This is critical theory grounded in the viscera and in the libido. A minimum of academic jargon, a satisfying helping of lovely description, a surprising amount of good dirty sex, not to mention an all-star cast of characters-Greenberg, Pollock, Woolf, Warhol, Deleuze, Sartre, Artaud, Madonna, and Jung productively inhabit these pages-which add up to nothing less than a persuasive rewriting of 20th-century culture. * Voice Literary Supplement * Original, fascinating, personal, often brilliant, combative -- Arthur C. Danto * Artforum *

ISBN: 9780262611053
ISBN-10: 0262611058
Series: October Books (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 25th July 1994
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 17.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.57