Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-Twentieth-Century Art

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Christoph Grunenberg
MIT, 1999 - Art - 224 pages
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As the millennium draws to a close, a Gothic spirit once again penetrates much of today's art and culture. Over the past decade, American and European artists have grown increasingly fascinated with the dark and uncanny side of the human psyche -- the theatrical and grotesque, the violent and destructive.

Taking its starting point and title from the Gothic novel, this book investigates the full-blown revival of a Gothic sensibility in contemporary art: in American and British fiction labeled the "New Gothic"; in film with its long tradition of horror; and in video, music, fashion, design, and underground culture. Gothic accompanied an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, of twenty-three artists who produce horror as well as amazement through often ugly, fragmented, and contorted forms. The old Gothic themes of the fantastic and pathological are infused with new potency as they address concerns about the body, disease, voyeurism, and power.

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About the author (1999)

Christoph Grunenberg is the director of Tate Liverpool.
Robert Knifton is a postdoctoral student at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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