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Gothic : transmutations of horror in late twentieth century art
Grunenberg, Christoph.
First MIT Press edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Institute of Contemporary Art ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
219 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Pages numbered in reverse.

Includes brief biographies of artists.
Unsolved mysteries : gothic tales from Fankenstein to the hair eating doll / Christoph Grunenberg -- Transgression and decay / Patrick McGrath -- Edifying narratives : the gothic novel, 1764-1997 / Anne Williams -- Bela Lugosi's dead and I don't feel so good either : goth and the glorification of suffering in rock music / James Hannaham -- "Like cancer in the system" : industrual Gothic, Nine Inch Nails, and videotape / Csaba Toth -- Curtains / Dennis Cooper -- Shivers / Shawn Rosenheim -- Am inconsolable darkness : the reappearance and redefinition of gothic in contemporary cinema / John Gianvito -- Reflections on the grotesque / Joyce Carol Oates.
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N8217.H68 G67 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As the 20th century draws to a close, there is a Gothic theme penetrating much of contemporary art and culture. In the 1990s, American and European artists have moved increasingly towards the dark and uncanny side of the human psyche - the theatrical and grotesque, the violent and destructive.

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Library Journal Review

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 related themes. If, as one writer here suggests, "Freud's case studies stand alongside the best of Poe," then Gothic's ruminations on our romanticized notions of the strange, horrific, and violent are the perfect complement to Rugoff's dissection of our mania for clinical forensics. Gothic is the more systematic in its endeavor to bring in non-art expressions; noted scholars and critics offer very readable chapters on the gothic novel, the gothic spirit in rock music, "Industrial Gothic," early gothic films, and the current cinematic revival. An introductory essay discusses the art in the show, while a short story by Dennis Cooper and "Reflections on the Grotesque" by Joyce Carol Oates round out the text. In addition to film stills and other documentary illustrations, fine color plates of around 50 works by some of the last decade's biggest names‘Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons, and Robert Gober among them‘are sprinkled throughout the book. Rugoff takes on a more specialized topic, what he calls the "forensic aesthetic," and though his time frame is greater‘encompassing art from the last 30 years‘he has limited his study to California-based artists. Intertwining such themes as "forensic photography, deteriorated architecture, and the banalization of melodrama," the three essays here will be more challenging to the lay reader. Again, leading names‘Baldessari, Nauman, Ruscha‘are among the 36 artists included here. Gothic is highly recommended to both public and academic libraries with an interest in either cultural studies or contemporary art. Scene will make an excellent complement in academic art libraries.‘Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.