Hold It Against Me Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art

ISBN-10: 082235313X

ISBN-13: 9780822353133

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jennifer Doyle

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InHold It Against Me, Jennifer Doyle explores the relationship between difficulty and emotion in contemporary art, treating emotion as an artist's medium. She encourages readers to examine the ways in which works of art challenge how we experience not only the artist's feelings, but our own. Discussing performance art, painting, and photography, Doyle provides new perspectives on artists including Ron Athey, Aliza Schvarts, Thomas Eakins, James Luna, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz. Confronting the challenge of writing about difficult works of art, she shows how these artists work with feelings as a means to question our assumptions about identity, intimacy, and expression. They deploy the complexity of emotion to measure the weight of history, and to deepen our sense of where and how politics happens in contemporary art.Doyle explores ideologies of emotion and how emotion circulates in and around art . Throughout, she gives readers welcoming points of entry into artworks that they may at first find off-putting or confrontational. Doyle offers new insight into how the discourse of controversy serves to shut down discussion about this side of contemporary art practice, and counters with a critical language that allows the reader to accept emotional intensity in order to learn from it.
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Introducing Difficulty
Hard Feelings
Patrolling the Border between Art and Politics
Vocabulary Shift: From Controversy to Difficulty
Difficulty's Audience
Three Case Studies in Difficulty and the Problem of Affect
A Blank: AIiza Shvarts, Untitled (2008)
Theater of Cruelty: Thomas Eakins, The Gross Clinic (1875)
Touchy Subject: Ron Athey, Incorruptible Flesh: Dissociative Sparkle (2006)
Thinking Feeling: Criticism and Emotion
What Happened to Feeling?
The Difficulty of Sentimentality: Franko B's I Miss You! (2003)
The Strange Theatricality of Tears: Nao Bustamante's Neapolitan (2009)
Relational Aesthetics and Affective Labor
Feeling Overdetermined: Identity, Emotion, and History
The Difficulty of Identity
James Luna's The History of the Luise�o People (Christmas, La Jolla Reservation 1990) (1990-1996, 2009)
Difficulty and Ideologies of Emotion
Carrie Mae Weems's From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried (1995-1996)
Conclusion: "History Keeps Me Awake"
David Wojnarowicz's Untitled (Hujar Dead) (1988-1989)
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