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CIVIC AESTHETICS: MILITARISM, ISRAELI ART AND VISUAL CULTURE. Noa Roei. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. Copyright 2017. Radical Aesthetics-Radical Art. 240 pp. with 39 ills. 21 x 14 cm. ISBN 9781474253154 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171597. Publisher's description: Exploring the politics of the image in the context of Israeli militarized visual culture Civic Aesthetics examines both the omnipresence of militarism in Israeli culture and society, and the way in which this omnipresence is articulated, enhanced, and contested within local contemporary visual art. Looking at contemporary art through the lens of civilian militarism, Roei demonstrates that art is a valuable partner in the making of critical discourse. Analyzing a range of contemporary artworks with the help of cutting-edge theory, it touches on various fields, including memory studies, gender studies, landscape theory, and aesthetics, to explore the potential of visual art to translate military excessiveness to its viewers. This study discusses the complexities of visuality, the visible and non-visible, arguing for art's capacity to expose the scopic regimes that construct their visibility. Images and artworks are often read either out of context, on purely aesthetic or art-historical ground, or as cultural artifacts whose aesthetics play a minor role in their significance. This book breaks with this tradition as it approaches all art, both high and popular art, as part of the surrounding visual culture in which it is created and presented.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Middle East and North Africa (Western Style) — Israel — Post-1970 — Several Media
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 171598
Paperbound $29.95    

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