This book explores the new performativity in art theory and practice, examining ways of rethinking interpretive processes in visual culture. Since the 1960s, visual art practices - from body art to minimalism - have taken contemporary art outside the museum and gallery; by embracing theatricality and performance and exploding the boundaries set by traditional art criticism. The contributors argue that interpretation needs to be recognised as much more dynamic and contingent. Offering its own performance script, and embracing both canonical fine artists such as Manet, De Kooning and Jasper Johns, and performance artists such as Vito Acconci and Gunter Brus, this book offers radical re-readings of art works and points confidently towards new models for understanding art.
Academics and one graduate student<-->in art history, film, feminism, gay studies, and performance art<-->and one performance artist, are the contributors to this volume. Jones (contemporary art, U. of California, Riverside) and Stephenson (art history, U. of East London, England) selected papers rich in theoretical discourse on topics that range from 19th-century depictions of black women to new interpretations of canonical fine artists, including Manet, de Kooning, and Jasper Johns, to contemporary performance artists, including Vito Acconci, Holly Hunter, Gunter Brus and the Sacred Naked Nature Girls. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)