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Art as Existence
Author: Gabriele Guercio

ISBN: 9780262513203
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 15 October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.5
Description:
Winner, Jackets and Covers Category, 2007 AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Show. The narrative of the artist's life and work is one of the oldest models in the Western literature of the visual arts. In "Art as Existence," Gabriele Guercio investigates the metamorphosis of the artist's monograph, tracing its formal and conceptual trajectories from Vasari's sixteenth-century "Lives of the Painters, Sculptors, and Architects" (which provided the model and source for the genre) through its apogee in the nineteenth century and decline in the twentieth. He looks at the legacy of the life-and-work model and considers its prospects in an intellectual universe of deconstructionism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and postcolonialism. Since Vasari, the monograph has been notable for its fluidity and variety; it can be scrupulous and exact, probing and revelatory, poetic and imaginative, or any combination of these. In the nineteenth century, the monograph combined art-historical, biographical, and critical methods, and even added elements of fiction. Guercio explores some significant books that illustrate key phases in the model's evolution, including works by Gustav Friedr...

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