Art as worldmaking : critical essays on realism and naturalism
Art as worldmaking is a response to Alex Potts's provocative 2013 book Experiments in modern realism. Twenty essays by leading scholars test Potts's recasting of realism through examinations of art produced in different media and periods, ranging from eighth-century Chinese garden aesthetics to video work by the contemporary Russian collective Radek Community. While the book does not neglect avatars of pictorial realism such as Menzel and Eakins, or the question of nineteenth-century realism's historical antecedents, it is contemporary in orientation in that many contributors are particularly concerned with the questions that sculpture, photography and non-traditional media pose for realism as an aesthetic norm. It will be essential reading for students of art history concerned with art's truth value or more broadly with conceptual problems of representation and the intersections of art and politics
Print Book, English, 2018
Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2018
XX, 346 str. : ilustr. ; 25 cm.
Preface: essays in honour of Alex PottsIntroduction: realism then and now - Andrew HemingwayPART I: THEORY1 The transactions of detail - Briony Fer2 Realism’s credibility problem - Joshua ShannonPART II: SCULPTURE3 Attending to the veristic sculptural portrait in the eighteenth century - Malcolm Baker 4 Elasticity and sculptural form - Caroline Arscott 5 A portrait of the artist as a dead man - Jon Wood6 Death metal - Anne M. WagnerPART III: LANDSCAPE DESIGN7 Recurrent dialogues in the history of Chinese and English garden design - Martin J. Powers8 Traditional views: conservative anti-naturalism and landscape aesthetics in France around 1900 - Neil McWilliamPART IV: PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND MAKING STRANGE9 Willem Kalf on Reflexykonst: the aesthetics of transformation in still life - Celeste Brusati10 Democratic light: phenomenology and the worldliness of painting - Brendan Prendeville 11 Body and soul in the work of Thomas Eakins and F. Holland Day - Rebecca Zurier12 From Menzel to Burtynsky: episodes from an imagery of capitalism - T. J. ClarkPART V: PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMA13 Constance Stuart’s war: women and documentary’s excess - Tamar Garb14 Antonioni’s Blow-up (1966): photography and film - Lisa Tickner15 ‘Dirty realism’: documentary photography in 1970s Britain – a maquette - Steve EdwardsPART VI: POST-MEDIA/CONTEMPORARY PRACTICES16 The roots of Mike Kelley’s Realism: subterranean homesick blues - Thomas Crow17 The moment of guerrilla art - Alistair Rider18 Every day, something happens to us: realism at the crossroads - Gail DayCoda: on Margate Sands… - Adrian RifkinIndex -- .
Contributors: Adrian Rifkin, Gail Day, Alistair Rider, Thomas Crow, Steve Edwards, Lisa Tickner, Tamar Garb, T. J. Clark, Rebecca Zurier, Brendan Prendeville, Celeste Brusati, Gail Day, Neil McWilliam, Martin J. Powers, Anne M. Wagner, Jon Wood, Caroline Arscott, Malcolm Baker, Joshua Shannon, Briony Fer