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Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-century Art (Paperback)
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Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-century Art (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 05/12/2002
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Ever since the Renaissance, the female body has been a primary symbol of artistic beauty in the West. But with the advent of avant-garde and modernist art, beauty suddenly became suspect. In Venus in Exile, renowned cultural critic Wendy Steiner explores how this happened, tracing the twentieth century's troubled relationship with beauty. Steiner shows how the avant-garde set out to replace the supposed impurity of woman and ornament with pure form - a new standard of art. Arguing that both modern artists and feminists rejected the female subject as an aesthetic symbol, Steiner suggests that we understand the experience of beauty as a form of communication, in which finding someone or something beautiful leads viewers to recognize beauty in themselves as well. She ends by discussing recent works that have begun to restore beauty to art, including the paintings of Marlene Dumas, the novels of Penelope Fitzgerald, and the choreography of Mark Morris.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226772400
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 488 g
Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 22 mm

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