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Visualizing Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde

Visualizing Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde
Susan Best

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Is late modern art 'anti-aesthetic'? What does it mean to label a piece of art 'affectless'? These traditional characterisations of 1960s and 1970s art are radically challenged in this subversive art history. By introducing feeling the analysis of this period, Susan Best acknowledges the radical and exploratory nature of art in late modernism. The book focuses on four highly influential female artists: Eva Hesse, Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and it explores how their art transformed established avant-garde protocols by introducing an affective dimension. This aspect of their work, while often noted, has never before been analysed in detail. "Visualizing Feeling" also addresses a methodological blind spot in art history: the interpretation of feeling, emotion and affect. It demonstrates that the affective dimension, alongside other materials and methods of art, is part of the artistic means of production and innovation. This is the first thorough re-appraisal of aesthetic engagement with affect in post-1960s art.

Author Info

Susan Best is Professor of Art Theory, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848858510
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2011
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 40 bw integrated illustrations

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