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Picturing the Self: Changing Views of the Subject in Visual Culture

Picturing the Self: Changing Views of the Subject in Visual Culture
Gen Doy

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Ideas of selfhood, from Descartes' theory of "I think therefore I am" to postmodern notions of the fragmented and de-centred self, have been crucial to the visual arts. Gen Doy explores this relationship, from Holbein's "Ambassadors" and the early modern period up to and beyond Marc Quinn's "Self" (Blood Head). Arguing that the importance of subjectivity for art goes far beyond self-portraits, she explores such topics as self-expression; the self, work and consumption; self-presentation; photography and the theatre of the self; the marginalized - beggars and asylum seekers - and "the real me". A wide range of artists, including Tracey Emin, Jeff Wall, Eugene Palmer and Karen Knorr, are discussed, as well as historical material from earlier periods.

Author Info

Gen Doy is Professor of the History and Theory of Visual Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester and the author of Black Visual Culture: Modernity and Postmodernity and Drapery: Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture (both I.B.Tauris)

Bibliographic Info

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

Paperback
ISBN: 9781850434139
Publication Date: 23 Sep 2004
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 8 colour plates & b&w illustrations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781850434122
Publication Date: 23 Sep 2004
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 8 colour plates & b&w illustrations

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