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Beyond Piety


  • 31 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • Page extent: 393 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 1.182 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 701/.18
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: N7445.2 .G45 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Art criticism

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521460552 | ISBN-10: 0521460557)

  • There was also a Paperback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published October 1995

Replaced by 9780521466110


Engaging the work of art with the discourses of the body, history, and textuality, this study offers an approach to contemporary art through a novel application of French theory. It is used to reopen questions that have, in conservative and avant-garde circles, generally been considered resolved.


Part I. Representation, Nonrepresentation, Pleasure: 1. Edouard Manet and the Pleasure Problematic; 2. The Impressionist revolution and Duchamp's myopia; 3. Seriousness and difficulty in criticism; 4. Vision's resistance to language; 5. Irreconcilable similarities: The Idea of Nonrepresentation; 6. Nonrepresentation in 1988: meaning-production beyond the scope of the Pious; Part II. The Immediate Past: 7. Unmade in America; 8. Diebenkorn's ambivalence; 9. James Hayward: nonrepresentation which doesn't represent; 10. Irwin in the sixties: expression, LINES, DOTS, DISCS, LIGHT; 11. Andy as auntie; Part III. Theory In Soho: 12. From reading to unreading, Barthes' challenge and Derrida's truth; 13. Van Gogh, Schapiro, Heidegger, and Derrida; 14. Beyond absence; 15. Baudrillard's aestheticism and the art world's politics; 16. Peter Halley's writing: The Quest for the Veil; 17. Where do Pictures Come From? Sarah Charlesworth and the sexual development of the sign; Part IV. Praxis, Practice: 18. A forest of signs; The Price of Goodness; 19. Roni Horn; 20. Christian Haub and the extremities of the surface; 21. Painting movement; 22. Jab/panic; 23. Frank Gehry's Rebecca's; Part V. Clothes, Masks, Bodies: 24. A thigh-length history of the fashion photograph: an abbreviated theory of the body; 25. The Beach Party and the Parties of Power (summer's content, winter's discontent); 26. Hey Baby, Where'd You Get That Hat?; 27. Fashion's revenge; 28. Mask/masque; 29. Moist attraction: observations on an advertisement which appeared in Vogue (US), May 1992; Part VI. Place and Placelessness: 30. Locus, locale, region, régime; 31. Sculpture as everything else: twenty years or so of the question of landscape; 32. House blown apart; 33. Intersections; 34. The end of whose century?; 35. Born to be mild.

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