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The Gothic
Author: Gilda Williams

ISBN: 9780262731867
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 16 October 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.2 x 2.4
Description:
This collection of writings examines the pervasive and influential role of "the Gothic" in contemporary visual culture. The contemporary Gothic in art is informed as much by the stock themes of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic novel as it is by more recent permutations of the Gothic in horror film theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Goth subcultures. This reader from London's Whitechapel Gallery brings together artists as different as Matthew Barney, Gregor Schneider, Louise Bourgeois, and Douglas Gordon; its intent is not to use "the Gothic" to group together dissimilar artists but rather to shed light on a particular understanding of their practice. Anthony Vidler looks at ideas of the uncanny to explore Rachel Whiteread's "House, " and Jeff Wall uses the motif of vampirism to analyze fellow artist Dan Graham's "Kammerspell;" Hal Foster considers Robert Gober's recent work--laden with Christian symbolism, criticism of America as a nexus of power, and fragmented bodies--as an updated "American Gothic, " and Kobena Mercer examines the Gothic's depiction of the Other in relation to Michael Jackson's pop video "Thri...

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