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Body Art/Performing the Subject

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"With great originality and scholarship, Amelia Jones maps out an extraordinary history of body art over the last three decades and embeds it in the theoretical terrain of postmoderism. The result is a wonderful and permissive space in which the viewer...can wander"...-Moira Roth, Trefethen professor of art history, Mills College.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 15th 1998 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Michael Dipietro
So far, this book is amazing. I knew I liked Amelia Jones from a few articles of hers I had read on the same topic. She is just incredibly smart and insightful in debunking much theory that has come before her and answering to the predominant writing on body / performance art by Peggy Phelan and others. Plus, she gives Hannah Wilke her due with the cover image and devoting an entire chapter to her work. Her arguments are carefully constructed and precise, and she seems to be as equally frustrate ...more
kyle
Jan 03, 2008 kyle rated it really liked it
Overall a really enjoyable read. If one takes the perspective that subjects are fluid and the "self" is continually reconstructed, then the "classic" works of body art can seem rather dated. But Jones argues instead that body can and must be looked at "intersubjectively."
I thoroughly enjoyed her various readings of body art works. I'll never think about at Vito Acconci the same way and appreciated learning more about Hannah Wilke and some more contemporary artists I was not familiar with. Howev
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micha cardenas
Sep 11, 2008 micha cardenas rated it really liked it
read some of this... not all. how many books can i say i'm currently reading? hahaha.

after having studied performance for a few year, this book still opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about it. she is very thorough in her analysis and scholarship. i really enjoy jones' writing and her viewpoint of starting with social/feminist critique. my only nagging feeling about this book is that its possibly a bit dated in how it approaches those issues, so i'm looking fwd to reading self/image.
Krista
Nov 15, 2007 Krista rated it it was amazing
She was my professor in grad school! I really like what she does with performance art, photography, and poststructuralist theory. Really interesting, not stuff I would have read if I hadn't had to for class, but I'm quite glad I did.
Dawn
Feb 20, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it
Stolen from Diane Gromala I don't know how long ago and read alongside the thesis that never quite got there and then went on unsaved, lonely, on into the next few years where it finally vaporized and left no residue and took no prisoners.
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Far from simply being an entry on performance art, this text provides essential material for analysing identity through any visualisation of the body; past, présent, or future.
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Amelia Jones is an American art historian, art critic and curator specializing in feminist art, body/ performance art, video art and Dadaism. Her written works and approach to modern and contemporary art history are considered revolutionary in that she breaks down commonly assumed opinions and offers brilliantly conceived critiques of the art historical tradition and individual artist's positions ...more
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“In the case of an artistic practice that performs female narcissism..., the threat lies in its making superfluous the arbiters of artistic value. Already presuming her desirability, [she] obviates the modern critical system; loving herself, she needs no confirmation of her artistic 'value” 2 likes
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