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Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics After Representation Renee C. Hoogland

Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics After Representation

Renee C. Hoogland

Published April 17th 2014
ISBN : 9781306195935
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249 pages
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Instead of asking questions about the symbolic meaning or underlying truth of a work of art, renee c. hoogland is concerned with the actual work that it does in the world (whether intentionally or not). Why do we find ourselves in tears in frontMoreInstead of asking questions about the symbolic meaning or underlying truth of a work of art, renee c. hoogland is concerned with the actual work that it does in the world (whether intentionally or not). Why do we find ourselves in tears in front of an abstract painting? Why do some cartoons of the prophet Muhammad generate worldwide political outrage? What, in other words, is the compelling force of visual images, even--or especially--if they are nonfigurative, repulsive, or downright ugly? Rather than describing, analyzing, and interpreting artworks, hoogland approaches art as an event that obtains on the level of actualization, presenting retellings of specific artistic events in the light of recent interventions in aesthetic theory, and proposing to conceive of the aesthetic encounter as a potentially disruptive, if not violent, force field with material, political, and practical consequences.