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Visualizing feeling: affect and the feminine avant-garde

Visualizing feeling: affect and the feminine avant-garde

Best, Susan, author

This text focuses on four highly influential female artists - Eva Hesse, Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha - and explores how their art transformed established avant-garde protocols by introducing an affective dimension. Is late modern art 'anti-aesthetic'? What does it mean to label a piece of art 'affectless'? These traditional characterizations of 1960s and 1970s art are radically challenged in this subversive art history. By introducing feeling to 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 analyzed 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

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Published London : I.B. Tauris 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Susan Best
ISBN: 0857720120, 9780857720122
Note: Originally published: 2011.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 196 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Modernism; Women artists History 20th century.; Avant-garde (Aesthetics); History of art; Emotions in art.; Art and Design.; Gender studies: women & girls
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781780767093

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Minimalism and Subjectivity: Aesthetics and the Anti-aesthetic Tradition
  3. Mild Intoxication and other Aesthetic Feelings: Psychoanalysis and Art Revisited
  4. Lygia Clark: Participation, Affect and the Body
  5. Eva Hesse's Late Sculptural Works: Elusive Expression and Unconscious Affect
  6. Ana Mendieta's Silueta Series: Affect Miniaturisation and Emotional Ties
  7. The Dream of the Audience: The Moving Images of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
  8. Conclusion: Which Anthropomorphism?