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RADICAL DECADENCE: EXCESS IN CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST TEXTILES AND CRAFT. Julia Skelly. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2017. 154 pp. with 38 ills. (16 col.). 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781472569417 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 175155. Publisher's description: This pioneering book explores the notion of 'radical decadence' as concept, aesthetic and lived experience, and as an analytical framework for the study of contemporary feminist textile art. Gendered discourses of decadence that perpetuate anxieties about women's power, consumption and pleasure are deconstructed through images of drug use, female sexuality and 'excessive' living, in artworks by several contemporary textile artists including Orly Cogan, Tracey Emin, Allyson Mitchell, and Rozanne Hawksley. Perceptions of decadence are invariably bound to the negative connotations of decay and degradation, particularly with regard to the transgression of social norms related to femininity and the female body. Excessive consumption by women has historically been represented as grotesque, and until now, women's pleasure in relation to drug and alcohol use has largely gone unexamined in feminist art history and craft studies. Here, representations of female consumption, from cupcakes to alcohol and cocaine, are opened up for critical discussion.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Textile/Fiber Arts, Several Media — Women Artists
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 175155
Hardcover $88.00    

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