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Art and death / Chris Townsend.

  • Townsend, Chris
Date
2008
  • Books

About this work

Also known as

Art & death

Description

"This highly sensitive and beautifully written book looks closely at the way contemporary Western artists negotiate death, both as personal experience and in the wider community. Townsend discusses but moves beyond the 'spectacle of death' in work by artists such as Damien Hirst to see how mortality - in particular the experience of other people's death - brings us face to face with profound ethical and even political issues. He looks at personal responses to death in the work of artists as varied as Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Derek Jarman, whose film 'Blue' is discussed here in depth. Exploring the last body of work by the the Kentucky-based photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Jewish American installation artist Shimon Attie's powerful memorial work for the community of Aberfan, Townsend considers death in light of the injunction to 'love thy neighbour.'"--BOOK JACKET.

Publication/Creation

London ; New York : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2008.

Physical description

157 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-153) and index.

Contents

Francis Bacon -- Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon -- Tracey Emin -- Nan Goldin -- Ralph Eugene Meatyard -- Derek Jarman -- Shimon Attie, Aberfan -- Conclusion : from the house of the dead.

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    JIB.AL
    Open shelves

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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9781845116620
  • 1845116623
  • 1845116631
  • 9781845116637