Monday, 25 December 2006

Art & Obscenity

Art & Obscenity
This book is so new that its copyright page says "Published in 2007". It's a short though dense overview of transgression, abjection, violence, and death in the arts. The author, Kerstin Mey, discusses obscenity in art photography and performance art, and her study is valuable as it's the first of its kind. She covers all the main bases - Julia Kristeva, Georges Bataille, Hermann Nitsch, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano, Ron Athey - and it's exciting to see them all discussed together.

I've been waiting for a book exactly like this for a long time, because transgressive art is one of my favourite topics. In fact, the book quotes my website, though indirectly. My interpretation of Jeff Koons's photographs is quoted (with acknowledgement) at jahsonic.com, and Art & Obscenity quotes my text though it references Jahsonic but not me.

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