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Wonder in contemporary artistic practice

Wonder in contemporary artistic practice

Brown, Irene, 1960- editor; Mieves, Christian, 1973- editor

Wonder has an established link to the history and philosophy of science. However, there is little acknowledgement of the relationship between the visual arts and wonder. This book presents a new perspective on this overlooked connection, allowing a unique insight into the role of wonder in contemporary visual practice. Artists, curators and art theorists give accounts of their approach to wonder through the use of materials, objects and ways of exhibiting. These accounts not only raise issues of a particular relevance to the way in which we encounter our reality today but ask to what extent artists utilize the function of wonder purposely in their work

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Published New York: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Christian Mieves and Irene Brown
ISBN: 1317517938, 9781317517931
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiii, 308 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Series: Routledge advances in art and visual studies ; 21
Subject: Art and Design.; The arts: general issues; Media studies; History of art; Theory of art; Fine arts: art forms; Museology & heritage studies; Art, Modern 21st century Philosophy.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Routledge advances in art and visual studies ; 21.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138855816


  1. Introduction
  2. Christian Mieves and Irene Brown
  3. Part I: Taxonomy, Structures and Identities
  4. 1. Archives of Wonder: Collecting the Liminal in Contemporary Art
  5. Tiffany Shafran
  6. 2. One Hour: Visual Practice Exploring a Collective History
  7. Shirley Chubb
  8. 3. Wonders Without Wonder: Divining the Donkey-Rat
  9. Will Buckingham
  10. 4. Wonder, Subversion and Newness
  11. Runette Kruger
  12. 5. The Snow Globe as Object of Wonder
  13. Anne Hilker
  14. 6. From Nimbus Cloud to Cloud Canyon: Artistic Practice and the Idea of Wonder in Contemporary Art
  15. Christian Mieves
  16. Part II: Contemporary Curatorial Practices
  17. 7. Spectral Exhibitions: ‘The Wonders of the Invisible
  18. World’ (or, Exhibiting Contradiction – Known Knowns and Unknown Unknowns)
  19. Alistair Robinson
  20. 8. Wonder on Tour
  21. Irene Brown
  22. 9. Coral-Fishing and Pearl-Diving: Curatorial Approaches to Doubt and Wonder
  23. Marion Endt-Jones
  24. 10. Preternatural: Curating Wonder
  25. Celina Jeffery
  26. Part III: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Function of Wonder
  27. 11. Collecting Skulls and Hair: In Pursuit of Wonder in Death’s Chambers
  28. Jane Wildgoose
  29. 12. Wunderkammer of the Now: In Search of the Wunderbare: Romanticising as a
  30. Contemporary Fine Art Practice
  31. Laura Kuch
  32. 13. The Enemies of Wonder: An Itinerant Conversation
  33. Silke Dettmers and Mark Sanderson
  34. 14. Claude Glass Re-visited: ‘...the largest down to the smallest balls of mercury reflect the entire universe.’
  35. Alison Dalwood
  36. 15. Photographing the Wunderkammer: a Personal Journey of art Making and Meaning
  37. Terry Ownby
  38. 16. Gothic Wonder in the Contemporary Landscape
  39. Juliette Losq