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THE FREAK-GARDE: EXTRAORDINARY BODIES AND REVOLUTIONARY ART IN AMERICA. Robin Blyn. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2013. 318 pp. with 44 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780816678167 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 155951. Publisher's description: Since the 1890s, American artists have employed the arts of the freak show to envision radically different ways of being. The result is a rich avant-garde tradition that critiques and challenges capitalism from within. The Freak-garde traces the arts of the freak show from P. T. Barnum to Matthew Barney and demonstrates how a form of mass culture entertainment became the basis for a distinctly American avant-garde tradition. Exploring a wide range of writers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists who have appropriated the arts of the freak show, Robin Blyn exposes the disturbing power of human curiosities and the desires they unleash.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155950
Hardcover $82.50    

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