Sexed Universals in Contemporary Art

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Allworth Press, 2004 - Art - 189 pages
This interdisciplinary study of contemporary art and critical theory seeks to find new universal meaning in today's diversified, atomised art discourse. The book is written against the backdrop of the deconstructivist movements of the 1960s, when universalist notions such as race, gender, class and subjectivity were shoved aside to make room for a more diverse, inclusive culture. Forty years into the age of difference, the author claims that with the artistic products of this new culture having reached maturity, it is safe to revise the grand narratives of modern times - and necessary: if we want to understand notions such as power and subjectivity in today's art, we cannot ignore the grand narratives of the modern age. film and digital arts, the author shows how gender can be the key to combine the old universals with today's culture of difference. The book is not a return to modernist thought but an attempt to find new philosophical ground that combines the benefits of an interdisciplinary viewpoint with the advantages of specialization and diversification. Lapointe and other contemporary female artists - who are juxtaposed with modernists ranging from Matisse and Picasso to Mallarme and Manet. The theoretical framework derives from work by Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Grosz and Luce Irigaray, as well as the author's recent research work titled Differential Aesthetics. study and an interest in a progressive philosophy should find much food for thought in this forward-thinking, visionary volume.

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Introduction Into the Thick of Things l
On Universals Myth and Morphogenesis
Playing Balls with Matisse Picasso and Himid

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About the author (2004)

Penny Florence is a professor of contemporary art at Falmouth College of the Arts. She lives in Cornwall, UK.

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