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Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime: Modernity, Murder and Mass Culture (Hardback)
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Given -- 1- Art 2- Crime: Modernity, Murder and Mass Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 01/09/2006
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Investigates links between avant-garde art and the aesthetics of crime in order to bridge the gap between high modernism and mass culture, as emblematised by tabloid reports of unsolved crimes. Throughout Jean-Michel Rabate is concerned with two key questions: what is it that we enjoy when we read murder stories? and what has modern art to say about murder? Indeed, Rabate compels us to consider whether art itself is a form of murder. The book begins with Marcel Duchamps fascination for trivia and found objects conjoined with his iconoclasm as an anti-artist. The visual parallels between the naked woman at the centre of his final work, Etant Donnes, and a young woman who had been murdered in Los Angeles in January 1947, provides the specific point of departure. The text moves onward to Steven Hodel, the 'Black Dahlia' murder; Walter Benjamins description of Eugene Atgets famous photographs of deserted Paris streets as presenting the scene of the crime; and Ralph Roffs 1997 exhibition, which implied that modern art is indissociable from forensic gaze and a detectives outlook, a view first advanced by Edgar Allan Poe.

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
ISBN: 9781845191115
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 502 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 mm


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..".a profoundly insightful, witty book, which, with great panache focuses 'on a number of late nineteenth-century and twentieth-century artists who cross the bridges linking the history of the avant-garde and the esthetics of murder' (5)." --Everyday Modernities


"Recommended for faculty and graduate students, Jean-Michel Rabat 's Given, 1 Art 2 Crime is a study that aims to link avant-garde art to the aesthetics of murder in order to bridge the gap between modernism and mass culture, where the latter is often embodied by both popular best-selling novels and tabloid coverage of unsolved murder cases. ...Even when there are no obvious traces to be found in the work of art, the critic can always hallucinate them into being through the use of paranoia-criticism (p. 121)." --IASL online

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