Circus Americanus (Haymarket Series)

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Circus Americanus is a riotous excursion through America’s changing visual landscape. Exploring its remote corners and bizarre byways, Ralph Rugoff takes us on a tour of theme park slums and mystical police cars, futurist war and the “aesthetics of safe chaos.” With an idiosyncratic eye for detail, he maps a culture in which “reality” has become just another theme, revealing an America much stranger than the glamorous kitsch of its surfaces. Whether he is writing about Las Vegas casinos, forensic cartoons, the enigma of Napoleon’s preserved penis or the aesthetics of sewage treatment, Rugoff considers everyday marvels with a concern for how we live together in a world beyond belief.

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Ralph Rugoff is Director of the Hayward Gallery and was previously a Los Angeles art critic covering visual culture for LA Weekly.

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With passing nods to J.G. Ballard, Reyner Banham and Jean Baudrillard, the leitmotif of this collection of short essays is the Disneyfication of America, by which all experience is subject to the hyper-realities and inflated expectations of entertainment. A contemporary art critic, Rugoff arrived on the West Coast, where he ``felt instantly, if somewhat oddly, at home,'' in 1983. Writing for LA Weekly--which first printed most of these essays--he developed a style of cultural journalism that uses art as a springboard to other topics. For example, minimalist sculptor Robert Irwin's career as a gambler ushers in a piece on a Hollywood racetrack. The ensuing ``circus'' takes in such sideshow attractions as the Liberace Museum and the Foundation for Facial Plastic Surgery to encompass the seamier realms of pulp non-fiction. An essay on forensic animators, whose work prompts jurors to witness a crime from the bullet's point of view, begins with an invitation to Quentin Tarantino to make way for the true maestros of ``chillingly violent images.'' Rugoff's illustrated essays are appropriately entertaining--a description of ``gifts from the people'' displayed at the Richard Nixon Library is especially funny. One of the strongest essays, though, is a relatively quiet homage to the conceptual artist Robyn Whitlaw, whose In-visibility Project (1973-1978) preceded her own enigmatic disappearance.

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