Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-twentieth-century Art

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Christoph Grunenberg
MIT, 1999 - Art - 224 pages
Taking its starting point and title from the Gothic novel, this book investigates the revival of a Gothic sensibility in contemporary art: in American and British fiction labelled the "New Gothic"; in film with its long tradition of horror; and in video, music, fashion, design, and underground culture. Gothic accompanies an exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, of 23 artists. Some employ a detached and reductive formal language to transmute images of excessive and gruesome violence. The old Gothic themes of the fantastic and pathological are infused with potency as they address concerns about the body, disease, voyeurism, and power.

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These two erudite catalogs, accompanying summer exhibitions on opposite coasts, look beyond the diverse contemporary works in the shows to examine pop-cultural and social manifestations of their ... Read full review

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