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The Recurrent Actuality of the Baroque (2017 Hardback)


£70.00

Very good condition used 2017 First Edition Hardback.
Published by Controluce, Denmark.
Author: Else Marie Bukdahl.
Translator: Inge Tranter.
ISBN: 9788792172044.
Approx dims: 225mm h x 220mm w x 22mm d.

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The Recurrent Actuality of the Baroque

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Very good condition used 2017 First Edition Hardback.
Published by Controluce, Denmark.
Author: Else Marie Bukdahl.
Translator: Inge Tranter.
ISBN: 9788792172044.
Approx dims: 225mm h x 220mm w x 22mm d.

Intact clean condition laminated blue boards with red and white lettering, with some slight rubbing and slight bumping to corners. Intact spine. 260 clean pages of English text with 103 colour and black & white Baroque illustrations, no inscriptions. Images shown are of actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Recurrent Actuality of the Baroque:

The Recurrent Actuality of the Baroque is a book about visual art. It deals with the broken continuity in time from the historical Baroque to the contemporary one. The text follows a comparative method of study based upon recent research in the fields of art theory and aesthetics. Apart from the hypotheses of Walter Benjamin and the epistemology of Michel Foucault, the book introduces and expands the most important theories about the actual Baroque as they have been devised and developed by Mario Perniola, Christine Buci-Glucksmann and Gilles Deleuze.

The problems of passage between visual forms and composition of the images are analysed in terms of simulation, rationality, space, the wildness of artistic intentionality and the folding of matter and meaning. If the text is discreetly haunted by Leibniz, Ancient Rome and the poetry of Baudelaire, its direction of thinking is totally devoted to the understanding of visual art from Bernini and Velázquez to Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum and ORLAN. Special attention is paid to visual artists in Denmark dealing with ìBaroque universalsî from the 1980s up to the present day.

Chapters one and two explain basic historical concepts of the art, poetry, and philosophy of the Baroque.

Chapters three and four comprise the bulk of the text in which Bukdahl examines the evolution of the Baroque within the contexts of the intersecting worlds of philosophy, aesthetics, art theory, philosophy, religion, and science. Numerous works by artists ranging from El Greco to Jeff Koons act as a lens to view a society simultaneously fascinated and fearful of the chaos of a changeable world. Split-Rocker by Jeff Koons, a floral sculpture depicting the head of a fantastical half pony and half dinosaur creature, installed in the Orangery Garden in Versailles in 2008, is highlighted to establish links between chaos, order, and aesthetic. Despite the mathematical pattern and the order observed in planting the piece, the large size and the theatricality of the subject create dissonance.

The physical style and format of the book is comparable to an academic textbook, with numerous colour and black and white illustrations. Bibliography, index, and photo credits are included. The Recurrent Actuality of the Baroque is an important addition to research libraries and academic libraries serving graduate students in art history or philosophy.

Else Marie Bukdahl Art historian and former president of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1985-2005).

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