The Artist, the Censor, and the Nude

The Artist, the Censor, and the Nude

A Tale of Morality and Appropriation

Book - 2017
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This hybrid book examines the art and politics of 'The Nude' in various cultural contexts, featuring books of canonical western art pirated and either digitally- or hand-censored in Iran by anonymous government workers. Author Glenn Harcourt uses several case studies brought to the fore by American painter Pamela Joseph in her recent "Censored" series. Harcourt's rigorous, culturally-measured and art historical approach complements Joseph's appropriation of these censored images as feminist critique. Harcourt argues that her work serves as a window toward larger questions in art. These include an examination of the evolution of abstraction; the role of women in western society, as seen through the history of painting the body; the effects of western art on cultures outside the west (sometimes referred to in Iran as 'west-toxication'); and how artists in non-western countries, specifically those in Iran living under rules of censorship that specifically prohibit representation of the body, engage with the history of western art found in the censored books.
Publisher: Los Angeles :, DoppelHouse Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780997003420
Call Number: 701.0309 H215a
Characteristics: xi, 179 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Naumann, Francis M.


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Thoughtful and rigorous, the book provides an excellent survey of contemporary censorship.

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