Arresting Images by Steven C. Dubin
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Arresting Images
By Steven C. Dubin

Arresting Images

Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions

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Arresting Images by Steven C. Dubin

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Although contemporary art may sometimes shock us, more alarming are recent attempts to regulate its display. Drawing upon extensive interviews, a broad sampling of media accounts, legal documents and his own observations of important events, sociologist Steven Dubin surveys the recent trend in censorship of the visual arts, photography and film, as well as artistic upstarts such as video and performance art. He examines the dual meaning of arresting images--both the nature of art work which disarms its viewers and the social reaction to it. Arresting Images examines the battles which erupt when artists address such controversial issues as racial polarization, AIDS, gay-bashing and sexual inequality in their work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415908931
ISBN-10: 0415908930
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 402
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Transforming Museums by Steven C. Dubin Transforming Museums, Hardback (April 2007)

A detailed look at how South Africa's museum present the nation's past, and how they can serve as a lens for examining changes in South African society at large.

Displays of Power (with a New Afterword) by Steven C. Dubin Displays of Power (with a New Afterword), Paperback (October 2000)

Museums have become ground zero in America's culture wars. Whereas fierce public debates once centred on provocative work by upstart artists, the scrutiny has expanded to mainstream cultural institutions and the ideas they present. This title examines the most controversial exhibitions of the 1990s.

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US Kirkus Review » Dubin (Sociology/SUNY at Purchase) offers an involving and evenhanded analysis of the ongoing confrontation between taboo-breaking artists and traditionalists bent on maintaining the status quo. The author skillfully organizes his wide-ranging material into such categories as sexual content in art, and race, religion, and patriotism as themes of the postmodernist cultural milieu. In the process, he recaps the furor raised by such well-publicized works as David K. Nelson's inflammatory portrait of late Chicago mayor Harold Washington in women's underwear, Robert Mapplethorpe's homoerotic photographs, and Andres Serrano's "blasphemous" Piss Christ. Dubin provides background details that place these controversies in historical context, tracing the careers of such homosexual artists as Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth, for example. The author also delves into just why Marcel Duchamp's dictum - that whatever an artist produces is art - fails to convince conservative critics, especially when one such "artist," Karen Finley, makes her artistic/political statements by slathering her body with chocolate, cinnamon candies, and alfalfa sprouts. And to his credit, Dubin conveys both the pros and the cons concerning the use of taxpayers' money to fund the National Endowment for the Arts. Accessible and paced with page-turning immediacy - an excellent overview of what happens when the avant-garde art world meets the conservative right. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Steven C. Dubin

Steven C. Dubin is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Purchase, where he directs the Social Sciences and the Arts program. He is the author of Bureaucratizing the Muse: Public Funds and the Cultural Worker.

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