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Glittering Images A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars

ISBN-10: 0307278026
ISBN-13: 9780307278029
Edition: N/A
Authors: Camille Paglia
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Description: From the best-selling author ofSexual PersonaeandBreak, Blow, Burnand one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art’s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George  More...

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List price: $21.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

From the best-selling author ofSexual PersonaeandBreak, Blow, Burnand one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art’s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas’s volcano planet duel inRevenge of the Sith.America’s premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, the great themes of Western art. Passionately argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Paglia’s trademark audacity,Glittering Imagestakes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknown—paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. She combines close analysis with background information that situates each artist and image within its historical context—from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant French rococo interior to Jackson Pollock’s abstractGreen Silverto Renée Cox’s daring performance pieceChillin’ with Liberty.And in a stunning conclusion, she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that digital pioneer George Lucas is the world’s greatest living artist. Written with energy, erudition, and wit,Glittering Imagesis destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.

Todd Oldham is one of the most beloved and mediagenic designers working today. Originally a couture fashion designer with several stores in New York, and a commentator on MTV's House of Style, Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from film and photography to furniture and graphic art. Todd appears frequently as a consultant on NBC's Today, as well as on MTV's enormously popular Crib Crashers, for which Todd redesigns teenagers' homes in the likeness of their favorite stars' abode. Oldham designs his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target in addition to a line of furniture for La-Z-Boy, and he is currently developing a television series based on Handmade Modern. Most recently, he has become a contributing editor to ReadyMade magazine. He lives in New York City.Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of "Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson"; "Sex, Art, and American Culture"; and "Vamps & Tramps: New Essays," She has also written "The Birds," a study of Alfred Hitchcock. She lives in Philadelphia."From the Hardcover edition."

Introduction
Resurrection: Queen Nefertari
Mystic Vision: Idols of the Cyclades
The Race: Charioteer of Delphi
Roof of Air: Porch of the Maidens
God's Snare: Laoco�n
Sky of Gold: Saint John Chrysostom
Living Letters: The Book of Kells
Solitary Watcher: Donatello, Mary Magdalene
Island of Love: Titian, Venus with a Mirror
Lord of the Sea: Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune
Blaze of Glory: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Chair of Saint Peter
Satin Knights: Anthony Van Dyck, Lord John Stuart and his Brother, Lord Bernard Stuart
Swirling Line: The French Rococo
Martyr of the Revolution: Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Marat
Arctic Ruin: Caspar David Friedrich, The Sea of Ice
City in Motion: �douard Manet, At the Caf�
Melting Color: Claude Monet, Irises
Heaven and Hell: Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Heart of Stone: George Grosz, Life Makes You Happy!
Dance of the Mind: Tamara de Lempicka, Portrait of Doctor Boucard
Luncheon in the Twilight Zone: Rene Magritte, The Portrait
Romance of the Grid: Piet Mondrian, Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow
Elegance at Ease: John Wesley Hardrick, Xenia Goodloe
Shooting Stars: Jackson Pollock, Green Silver
Sun and Rain: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych
On the Road: Eleanor Antin, 100 Boots
Electric: Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field
Blue Dawn: Ren�e Cox, Chillin' with Liberty
Red River: George Lucas, Revenge of the Sith
Acknowledgments
Index

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