Performing the Body/performing the Text

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Amelia Jones, Andrew Stephenson
Routledge, 1999 - Art - 306 pages
This book explores the new performativity in art theory and practice, examining ways of rethinking interpretive processes in visual culture. Since the 1960s, visual art practices - from body art to minimalism - have taken contemporary art outside the museum and gallery; by embracing theatricality and performance and exploding the boundaries set by traditional art criticism. The contributors argue that interpretation needs to be recognised as much more dynamic and contingent. Offering its own performance script, and embracing both canonical fine artists such as Manet, De Kooning and Jasper Johns, and performance artists such as Vito Acconci and Gunter Brus, this book offers radical re-readings of art works and points confidently towards new models for understanding art.

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About the author (1999)

Amelia Jones is Pilkington Professor in the History of Art at the University of Manchester. She has curated many exhibitions and is the author of "Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp "(1994), "Body Art/Performing the Subject "(1998), and "Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada ""(2004).

Stephenson is Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Visual Theories at University of East London.

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