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Description - Striking Images, Iconoclasms Past and Present by Stacy Boldrick

All cultures make, and break, images. Striking Images, Iconoclasms Past and Present explores how and why people have made and modified images and other cultural material from pre-history into the 21st century. With its impressive chronological sweep and disciplinary breadth, this is the first book about iconoclasm (the breaking of images) and the transformation of broader sets of signs that includes contributions from archaeologists, curators, and museum conservators as well as historians of art, literature and religious studies. The chapters examine themes critical to the study of iconoclasm: violence, punishment, memory, intentionality, ruins and relics and their survival. The conclusion shows how cross-disciplinary debate amongst the contributors informed Tate Britain's 'Art under Attack' exhibition (2013) and addresses the challenges iconoclasm presents to the modern museum. By juxtaposing objects and places usually considered in isolation, Striking Images raises provocative questions about our understandings of cross-cultural differences and the value of representational objects from the broken swords of pre-historical bog graves to the Bamiyan Buddhas and contemporary art. Are any such objects ever 'finished', or are they simply subject to constant transformation? In dialogue with each other, the essays consider this question and expand the field of iconoclasm - and cultural - studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781472413673
ISBN-10: 1472413679
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 254
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stacy Boldrick

Dr Stacy Boldrick is Curator of Research and Interpretation, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK. Professor Leslie Brubaker is Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. Dr Richard Clay is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art, University of Birmingham, UK. Stacy Boldrick, Leslie Brubaker, Henry Chapman, Benjamin Gearey, Fabio Rambelli, Eric Reinders, Megan E. O'Neil, Anna M. Kim, Lauren Dudley, Richard Clay James Simpson, James Noyes, Simon Baker, Simon Cane, Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Tabitha Barber.

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