Seeing Differently A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts

ISBN-10: 0415543835
ISBN-13: 9780415543835
Edition: 2012
Authors: Amelia Jones
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Description: Seeing Differentlyoffers a history and theory of ideas about identity in relation to visual arts discourses and practices in Euro-American culture, from early modern beliefs that art is an expression of an individual, the painted image a "world  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Seeing Differentlyoffers a history and theory of ideas about identity in relation to visual arts discourses and practices in Euro-American culture, from early modern beliefs that art is an expression of an individual, the painted image a "world picture" expressing a comprehensive and coherent point of view, to the rise of identity politics after WWII in the art world and beyond.The book is both a history of these ideas (for example, tracing the dominance of a binary model of self and other from Hegel through classic 1970s identity politics) and a political response to the common claim in art and popular political discourse that we are "beyond" or "post-" identity. In challenging this latter claim, Seeing Differentlycritically examines how and why we "identify" works of art with an expressive subjectivity, noting the impossibility of claiming we are "post-identity" given the persistence of beliefs in art discourse and broader visual culture about who the subject "is," and offers a new theory of how to think this kind of identification in a more thoughtful and self-reflexive way.Ultimately, Seeing Differentlyoffers a mode of thinking identification as a "queer feminist durational" process that can never be fully resolved but must be accounted for in thinking about art and visual culture. Queer feminist durationality is a mode of relational interpretation that affects both "art" and "interpreter," potentially making us more aware of how we evaluate and give value to art and other kinds of visual culture.

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction: the leaking frame of the argument on how to see differently
Art as a binary proposition; identity as a binary proposition
Fetishizing the gaze and the anamorphic perversion: "the other is you"
Multiculturalism, intersectionality, and "post-identity"
Queer feminist durationality: time and materiality as a means of resisting spatial objectification
Seeing and reconceiving difference: concluding thoughts, without final conclusions
Index

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