Glittering Images A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars

ISBN-10: 0375424601

ISBN-13: 9780375424601

Edition: 2012

Authors: Camille Paglia

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In her groundbreakingSexual Personae, Camille Paglia turned her incisive eye on beauty and decadence in literature, art, and popular culture. Now, America's premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, tackling the great themes of Western art in an enthralling tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and others obscure or unknown.  With energy, erudition, and wit, Paglia leads us chronologically through the paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world.  She combines close analysis with background that situates each artist and image within its historical context—from an Egyptian tomb to Titian's "Venus With a Mirror;" from an elegant French Rococo interior to Jackson Pollock's abstract "Green Silver;" from Renee Cox's daring performance piece "Chillin' with Liberty" to Eleanor Antin's amusing conceptual art project "100 Boots."  In a stunning ending, Paglia declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that director George Lucas, creator ofStar Wars, is the world's greatest living artist. Brilliantly concise and lucidly designed for general readers and students, this continually surprising book deciphers the messages of the cultural code over the past 3000 years, and once again confirms Camille Paglia's inimitable talent for overturning the received wisdom of her predecessors. Beautifully written, passionately argued, and filled with Paglia's trademark audacity,Glittering Imagesis destined to change the way we think about our visual environment in this high-tech age.
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25" wide x 6.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

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."

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: Ren� 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
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