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AESTHETICS OF DISCOMFORT: CONVERSATIONS ON DISQUIETING ART. Frederick Luis Aldama and Herbert Lindenberger. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2016. 220 pp. with 39 ills. 23 x 16 cm. ISBN 9780472053001 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171558. Publisher's description: Through a series of provocative conversations, Frederick Luis Aldama and Herbert Lindenberger, who have written widely on literature, film, music, and art, locate a place for the discomforting and the often painfully unpleasant within aesthetics. The conversational format allows them to travel informally across many centuries and many art forms. They have much to tell one another about the arts since the advent of modernism soon after 1900-the nontonal music, for example, of the Second Vienna School, the chance-directed music and dance of John Cage and Merce Cunningham, the in-your-faceness of such diverse visual artists as Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, and Damien Hirst. They demonstrate as well a long tradition of discomforting art stretching back many centuries, for example, in the Last Judgments of innumerable Renaissance painters, in Goya's so-called "black" paintings, in Wagner's Tristan chord, and in the subtexts of Shakespearean works such as King Lear and Othelloe. This book is addressed at once to scholars of literature, art history, musicology, and cinema.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171559
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