Extreme Bodies: The Use and Abuse of the Body in Art

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The body described in this book is a theoretical subject in which the connections between art and the categories of excess are explored.

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The author provides an analysis of the way the body has long been manipulated by its relationship with cultural, religious and political institutions, to the point of self-mutation. What is being explored is the body as a construction of forms of discourse, obligations and mechanisms of control. The result is a mapping of the most significant iconographies of this special body that has always inhabited art. It is typically contemporary to choose a body that is at once subject and object of a multitude of events that suggest continual references to classical iconography, emphasizing the numerous analogies and affinities between the experiences of contemporary artists and the most traditional Western iconography.

This thought-provoking volume presents a fierce and sophisticated vision, a remarkable sense of the spirit of the time, the representation of macrocosms which include methods, trends, acts of rebellion, mutations, and images of humanity undergoing transformation.

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Author Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM)
Publisher Skira
Page Count 254pp
Publication Size 6 x 8.5
Publication Notes softcover, color
Publication Date 2003
ISBN 978-8884913791

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