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Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime

Gilbert-Rolfe, Jeremy, and Johnston, John (Edited by)

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ISBN 10: 1581150377 / ISBN 13: 9781581150377
Published by School of Visual arts; Allworth Press; Aesthetics Today Ser., New York, 2000
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xx, 155 pp., [4] pp. of plates, illus. (some col.), bib. notes, index; 23 cm. A good reading copy with some pencil underlining and marginalia on a dozen pages. A collection of writings by the British-born art critic and painter. Gilbert-Rolfe was one of the co-founders of October magazine. "Esteemed critic, painter, and writer Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe provides a provocative reconsideration of classic philosophical distinctions between beauty and the sublime. The author explores beauty in relation to a sublime now found in technology rather than in nature. He argues that the limitlessness, roughness, and temporality of the eighteenth-century sublime have given way to ideals of flawlessness and simultaneity derived from the influence of electronic media on art and popular culture. Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime investigates the representation and meaning of the beautiful, including its place in contemporary art, its morality, its relationship to femininity and masculinity, and its supposed inferiority in relation to the sublime." - Publisher. CONTENTS: I. There Is a Historical Context: (Not) Only the Strong (Signs) Survive; II. The Attack: Painting and the Invention of Photography (Forget Duchamp); III. Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime; IV. The Attraction: Painting and the Photographic Model; V. Blankness As a Signifier; VI. The Visible Post-Human in the Technological Sublime; VII. A Last Word about Beauty. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 057941

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Title: Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime

Publisher: School of Visual arts; Allworth Press; Aesthetics Today Ser., New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Esteemed critic, painter, and writer Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe offers a provocative critique of beauty in relation to the contemporary notion of the sublime, which is now found in technology and a high-powered economy rather than in nature. Refuting established views, this book questions today's ideas of beauty, including those applied to contemporary art, and proposes a secular theory of beauty as glamorous rather than good, frivolous rather than serious. An illuminating read, this book provides excellent course material for classes in philosophy, cultural studies, art history, and aesthetics.

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Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe is a critic, painter, and author of several books, including Beyond Piety: Critical Essays on the Visual Arts 1986–1993 and Immanence and Contradiction: Recent Essays on the Artistic Device. He has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in painting and criticism as well as a Guggenheim fellowship in painting, and was presented the 1998 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism by the College Art Association. He teaches in the graduate program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

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