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Visual Shock A History of Art Controversies in American Culture

ISBN-10: 1400034647

ISBN-13: 9781400034642

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael G. Kammen

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In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America's obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins's 1875 masterpiece "The Gross Clinic," (considered "too big, bold, and gory" when first exhibited) to the bitter disputes about Maya Lin's Vietnam War Memorial, this is an eye-opening account of American art and the battles and controversies that it has ignited.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.20" wide x 7.99" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Michael Gedaliah Kammen was born in Rochester, New York on October 25, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in history from George Washington University and master's and doctoral degrees in history from Harvard University. He was a professor of American history and culture at Cornell University since 1965. He wrote numerous books including A Season of Youth, A Machine That Would Go of Itself, Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture, Visual Shock, and Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials. He received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for history for People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization. He died on November 29, 2013 at the age of 77.

Introduction
Monuments, Memorials, and Americanism
Nudity, Decency, and Morality
Coming to Terms with Modernism
Troubles with Murals
Art Politicized: Ideological Issues
The Pivotal 1960s
The Dimensions and Dilemmas of Public Sculpture
The Art Museum Transformed
Issues of Diversity and Inclusion
Comparisons and Closure
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index