Author: Jones, Amelia
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Pub Date: 09/09/2014
Publisher: Whitechapel Gallery
ISBN: 9780854882243
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Quick overview Sexuality, edited by Amelia Jones critically surveys art's identification with desire, self-performance and self-representation via key texts by artists and theorists from the mid 20th century to the present.
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It has been argued, most notably in psychoanalytic and modernist art discourse, that the production of works of art is fundamentally driven by sexual desire. It has further been argued, particularly since the early 1970s, that sexual drives and desires also condition the distribution, display and reception of art. This anthology traces how and why this identification of art with sexual expression or repression arose and how the terms have shifted in tandem with artistic and theoretical debates, from the era of the rights movements to the present. Among the subjects it discusses are abjection and the 'informe', or formless; pornography and the obscene; the 'performativity' of gender and sexuality; and the role of sexuality in forging radical art or curatorial practices, in response to such issues as state-sponsored repression and anti-feminism in the broader social realm.

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