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Artwork and Artist in Society is a compilation of essays that study the nexus among artists, the artwork they bring about and society. those essays give some thought to how paintings has replaced its shape and function either to house more moderen traits and to completely perform society. Divided into six thematic sections, the booklet examines the works of a various workforce of artists operating in more than a few artwork kinds, equivalent to writers Milan Kundera and Judith Ortiz Cofer, filmmakers Humberto Solás and Walter Salles, performers/photographer Daniel Joseph Martínez and feminist-activists Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz. The analyses of the paintings of those artists and different artists provide readers a chance to discover a few vital matters in paintings this day, comparable to the illustration of the opposite, the exploration of other resources of data and the development of the self. For the array of works it analyzes, this publication bargains interesting insights into the paintings and the artists of the 20 th and twenty first centuries.

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We could employ many different artworks to justify this, but let us look at one of Edouard Manet’s masterpieces Olympia (1863). Many critics have commented on Olympia’s literal dirtiness, a feature absolutely unnoticed to us, especially when we look at her pale skin. For example: “Olympia was a coal lady ‘whose modest outlines had never been outraged by water;’” “her body, of a putrefying color, recalls the horror of the morgue”; “like a corpse on the counters at the morgue, this Olympia from the Rue Mouffetard, dead of yellow fever and already arrived at an advanced state of decomposition” (Clark 96-97).

Baudelaire: Selected Writings on Art and Literature. Ed. Robert Baldick and Betty Radice. Trans. E. Charvet. London: Penguin Books, 1972. 7-32. Everett, Sally. ” Art Theory and Criticism. An Anthology of Formalist, Avant-Garde, Contextualist and Postmodernist Thought. Ed. Sally Everett. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1991. ix-xiii. Freeland, Cynthia. But is it Art? An Introduction to Art Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Greenberg, Clement. ” Art Theory and Criticism. An Anthology of Formalist, Avant-Garde, Contextualist and Postmodernist Thought.

Despite the nature of my essay, which is on Art History and not Philosophy, I begin with Dalí’s image for it points to the premise of my analysis. My purpose, then, will be the analysis of disgusting art detached, ¿rst, from its Freudian nature—which implies mainly a psychological response and a certain degree of fear, humor and fascination—and, second, from the “abjection issue” as proposed by Julia Kristeva. Furthermore, I will rely for my discussion of the artworks on the phenomenological as advanced by Aurel Kolnai’s essay On Disgust (1929) and the intellectual revolt proposed by Georges Bataille during the same period along the pages of his magazine Documents.

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