- Series: Writing Art
- Hardcover: 357 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262194597
- ISBN-13: 978-0262194594
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,198,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Imaging Her Erotics: Essays, Interviews, Projects Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
From the perspective of today's art world, where "transgression" has become for many little more then a quick path to fame and notoriety, it is difficult to grasp the extraordinary bravery and daring of Carolee Schneeman, the pioneering performance artist whose career is lavishly documented in this volume. Decades before "The Body" became an object of safe academic discourse, Schneeman was putting hers on the line, creating a series of films, actions and performances perhaps most notably the majestically Dionysian Meat Joy of 1964 that have become touchstones not only in the history of performance art but also in the development of feminist aesthetics. By its very nature, performance is hard to capture between the covers of a book, but the quality and extent of the images presented here, while no substitute for having been there, capture events with an almost cinematic completeness. Also here in addition to a number of interviews and essays by such critics as David Levi-Strauss and Thomas McEvilley are a number of Schneeman's own writings, which include a description of a formative encounter with poet Charles Olson, whose patriarchal warning that classical drama died when "the c began to speak," Schneeman, with characteristic inventiveness, transforms into good career advice. In fact, from a spirited examination of Valerie Solanas to an elegy for slain colleague Ana Mendieta, Schneeman's writings form the book's core, and it is good to have them in one place. What emerges most powerfully from this book which also covers (with 150 illustrations) Schneeman's work in painting, photography and video is the artist's extraordinarily generous and questing personality. In an era when so much art seems directed at the audience with a sneer, Schneeman's Emersonian optimism and joie de vivre are both example and challenge.
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From Library Journal
Complementing both Carolee Schneemann: Early & Recent Work 1960-1982 (o.p.) and More Than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings (o.p. rev. ed.), this volume includes 150 black-and-white illustrations from Schneemann's vanguard works in addition to material from her journals, dream diaries, essays, and lectures spanning four decades. Schneemann's ecstatic and shocking oeuvre addresses sensational aspects of both the erotic and the political. Both innovative and provocative, her paintings, drawings, experimental films, and collages appeal to an underground audience. She is perhaps best known for Fuses (1960), her key contribution to avant-garde cinema, and traces of her performance piece "Meat Joy" (1964) appear in the works of Annie Sprinkle, Penny Arcade, Karen Finley, and Madonna. But her subversive expressions of female sexuality and experimentation with various media have not won her mainstream recognition. This highly representative volume offers readers a full sense of the diversity of this pioneer in performance art and ardent feminist's oeuvre. It is particularly valuable to performing arts collections because Schneemann's work remains so influential. However, as is often the case with performance stills, the black-and-white photographs fail to translate each work's vitality, making it difficult to perceive the profusion of Schneemann's performance pieces. Recommended for larger academic libraries with specialized collections in feminist or performance art or experimental theater. Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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