The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art

3.89 avg rating
( 9 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780226772196: The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Our era is defined by the model. From Victoria’s Secret and America’s Next Top Model to the snapshots we post on Facebook and Twitter, our culture is fixated on the pose, the state of existing simultaneously as artifice and the real thing.

In this bold view of contemporary culture, Wendy Steiner shows us the very meaning of the arts in the process of transformation. Her story begins at the turn of the last century, as the arts abandoned the representation of the world for a heady embrace of the abstract, the surreal, and the self-referential. Today though, this “separate sphere of the aesthetic” is indistinguishable from normal life. Media and images overwhelm us: we gingerly negotiate a real-virtual divide that we suspect no longer exists, craving contact with what J. M. Coetzee has called “the real real thing.” As the World Wide Web renders the lower-case world in ever-higher definition, the reality-based genres of memoir and documentary are displacing fiction, and novels and films are depicting the contemporary condition through model-protagonists who are half-human, half-image. Steiner shows the arts searching out a new ethical potential through this figure: by stressing the independent existence of the model, they welcome in the audience in all its unpredictability, redefining aesthetic experience as a real-world interaction with the promise of empathy, reciprocity, and egalitarian connection.

A masterly performance by a penetrating, inquisitive mind, The Real Real Thing is that rarest of books, one whose provocations and inspirations will inspire readers to take a new—and nuanced—look at the world around them.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Wendy Steiner is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and a wide-ranging cultural critic who has written for theNew York Times, Los Angeles Times, Nation, London Review of Books, and theTimes Literary Supplement. She is the author of many books, including, most recently,Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art.

Review:

“Wendy Steiner is an original thinker, and I always look forward to her next book with pleasure, and with the anticipation that my education will be enhanced. In this study, she explores the apparent distance between artist and model as a space of the most profound and ramifying intimacy. In lucid prose she explores psychological, philosophical, political, and aesthetic relations at play in modeling. She draws on a wide range of thinkers from Kant to Judith Butler; writers, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a particularly rich reading of J. M. Coetzee; and artists, such as Bob Dylan and the architect Peter Eisenman. Against this broad background, Steiner—who once herself modeled for a New York Times piece on stylish women academics—writes with eloquence and precision about the unexpectedly rich body of questions raised by the act of modeling.”

(Michael Holquist, Columbia University)

“Surveying the field of contemporary culture with grace and wit, Wendy Steiner comes to the surprising conclusion that ‘a revolution is underway in the general understanding of beauty.’ The Perfected Form of the engineered celebrity and supermodel—and such things as Platonic architecture and sculpture—is giving way to a more interactive beauty. The real real engages the audience in vital interaction—does not petrify as a Medusa head—a Reality squared”

(Charles Jencks, author of Critical Modernism)

"An eloquent study of contemporary visual and literatur culture. . . What Steiner's stylish study of our preoccupations with authenticity finally suggests, poignantly enough, is that no amount of verisimilitude can do away with the artifice of art." (Times Literary Supplement)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wendy Steiner
Published by University of Chicago Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
bookseller e.g.Wolfgang Risch
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # 000306

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Wendy Steiner
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0226772195

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Steiner, Wendy
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2010. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # TX-9780226772196

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Wendy Steiner
Published by University of Chicago press
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0226772195

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Wendy Steiner
Published by Univ Chicago
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Chicago. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2741090

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Wendy Steiner
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2010. Hardback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Our era is defined by the model. From Victoria s Secret and America s Next Top Model to the snapshots we post on Face-book and Twitter, our culture is fixated on the pose, the state of existing simultaneously as artifice and the real thing. In this bold view of contemporary culture, Wendy Steiner shows us the very meaning of the arts in the process of transformation. Her story begins at the turn of the last century, as the arts abandoned the representation of the world for a heady embrace of the abstract, the surreal, and the self-referential. Today though, this separate sphere of the aesthetic is indistinguishable from normal life. Media and images overwhelm us: we gingerly negotiate a real-virtual divide that we suspect no longer exists, craving contact with what J. M. Coetzee has called the real real thing. As the World Wide Web renders the lower-case world in ever-higher definition, the reality-based genres of memoir and documentary are displacing fiction, and novels and films are depicting the contemporary condition through model-protagonists who are half-human, half-image. Steiner shows the arts searching out a new ethical potential through this figure: by stressing the independent existence of the model, they welcome in the audience in all its unpredictability, redefining aesthetic experience as a real-world interaction with the promise of empathy, reciprocity, and egalitarian connection. A masterly performance by a penetrating, inquisitive mind, The Real Real Thing is that rarest of books, one whose provocations will inspire readers to take a new - and nuanced - look at the world around them. Seller Inventory # FLT9780226772196

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Wendy Steiner
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2010. Hardback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Our era is defined by the model. From Victoria s Secret and America s Next Top Model to the snapshots we post on Face-book and Twitter, our culture is fixated on the pose, the state of existing simultaneously as artifice and the real thing. In this bold view of contemporary culture, Wendy Steiner shows us the very meaning of the arts in the process of transformation. Her story begins at the turn of the last century, as the arts abandoned the representation of the world for a heady embrace of the abstract, the surreal, and the self-referential. Today though, this separate sphere of the aesthetic is indistinguishable from normal life. Media and images overwhelm us: we gingerly negotiate a real-virtual divide that we suspect no longer exists, craving contact with what J. M. Coetzee has called the real real thing. As the World Wide Web renders the lower-case world in ever-higher definition, the reality-based genres of memoir and documentary are displacing fiction, and novels and films are depicting the contemporary condition through model-protagonists who are half-human, half-image. Steiner shows the arts searching out a new ethical potential through this figure: by stressing the independent existence of the model, they welcome in the audience in all its unpredictability, redefining aesthetic experience as a real-world interaction with the promise of empathy, reciprocity, and egalitarian connection. A masterly performance by a penetrating, inquisitive mind, The Real Real Thing is that rarest of books, one whose provocations will inspire readers to take a new - and nuanced - look at the world around them. Seller Inventory # FLT9780226772196

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Wendy Steiner
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2010. Hardback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Our era is defined by the model. From Victoria s Secret and America s Next Top Model to the snapshots we post on Face-book and Twitter, our culture is fixated on the pose, the state of existing simultaneously as artifice and the real thing. In this bold view of contemporary culture, Wendy Steiner shows us the very meaning of the arts in the process of transformation. Her story begins at the turn of the last century, as the arts abandoned the representation of the world for a heady embrace of the abstract, the surreal, and the self-referential. Today though, this separate sphere of the aesthetic is indistinguishable from normal life. Media and images overwhelm us: we gingerly negotiate a real-virtual divide that we suspect no longer exists, craving contact with what J. M. Coetzee has called the real real thing. As the World Wide Web renders the lower-case world in ever-higher definition, the reality-based genres of memoir and documentary are displacing fiction, and novels and films are depicting the contemporary condition through model-protagonists who are half-human, half-image. Steiner shows the arts searching out a new ethical potential through this figure: by stressing the independent existence of the model, they welcome in the audience in all its unpredictability, redefining aesthetic experience as a real-world interaction with the promise of empathy, reciprocity, and egalitarian connection. A masterly performance by a penetrating, inquisitive mind, The Real Real Thing is that rarest of books, one whose provocations will inspire readers to take a new - and nuanced - look at the world around them. Seller Inventory # BTE9780226772196

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 43.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Wendy Steiner
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Our era is defined by the model. From Victoria's Secret and "America's Next Top Model" to the snapshots we post on Facebook and Twitter, our culture is fixated on the p.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 240 pages. 0.640. Seller Inventory # 9780226772196

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 47.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Steiner, Wendy
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0226772195 ISBN 13: 9780226772196
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110226772195

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 51.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book