The Destruction of Art
Iconoclasm and Vandalism Since the French Revolution
By (author) Dario Gamboni
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Destruction of Art by Dario Gamboni
Book DescriptionIn January 2006, a man tried to break Marcel Duchamp's Fountain sculpture with a small hammer. The sculpted foot of Michelangelo's "David" was damaged in 1991 by a purportedly mentally-ill artist. With each incident, artists and intellectuals must confront the unsettling dynamic between destruction and art. Renowned art historian Dario Gamboni is the first to tackle this weighty issue in depth, exploring spectres of censorship, iconoclasm and vandalism that surround such acts. Initially galvanized by the sweeping obliteration of architecture and art under the Communist regimes of the Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries, Gamboni investigated other instances of destroyed art and architecture around the globe, uncovering a disquieting and surprisingly widespread phenomenon that still thrives today. As he demonstrates through analyses of incidents occurring in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in both the United States and Europe, a complex relationship exists among the evolution of modern art, contemporary destruction of art, and the long history of iconoclasm. Gamboni probes the concept of artists' rights, the power of political protest and the ways in which iconoclasm offers a unique interpretation of society's relationship to art and material culture. A compelling and thought-provoking study, "The Destruction of Art" forces us to rethink the ways that we interact with art and react to its power to shock or subdue.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861893161
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dario Gamboni
Paul Gauguin, Hardback (January 2015)
Emulating the artist's curiosity for literature, psychology, philosophy, theology, anthropology, the natural sciences and art, and including close readings of artworks both famous and lesser-known, this richly illustrated, original study gives new insight into a well-known yet little-understood artist.
Brush and the Pen, Hardback (December 2011)
French symbolist artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) seemed to thrive at the intersection of literature and art. Known as "the painter-writer", he drew on the works of Poe, Baudelaire, Flaubert, and Mallarme for his subject matter. This title tracks Redon's evolution from collaboration with the writers of symbolism.
Potential Images, Paperback (March 2004)
Ambiguity is inherent in images because visual perception is an interpretative act involving memory and imagination. Modern art has made this aspect of perception crucial to its relationship with the viewer. Exploring this topic, this title considers those works of art that rely to a great degree on imaginative response.
Destruction of Art, Hardback (January 1997)» View all books by Dario Gamboni
Examining deliberate attacks against works of art in the last 200 years, this book questions the assumption that the new methods of cultural production have rendered iconoclasm obsolete, and sets out to show how the destruction of art is a widespread contemporary cultural phenomenon.
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Author Biography - Dario Gamboni
Dario Gamboni is Professor of Art History at the University of Geneva. His books include Potential Images: Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art (Reaktion, 2001).
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