Glittering Images A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars (Hardcover)
|Author: Camille Paglia|
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|America''s premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, tackling the great themes of Western art in an enthralling tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and others obscure or unknown.|
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In her groundbreaking Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia turned her incisive eye on beauty and decadence in literature, art, and popular culture. Now, America's premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, tackling the great themes of Western art in an enthralling tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and others obscure or unknown. With energy, erudition, and wit, Paglia leads us chronologically through the paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. She combines close analysis with background that situates each artist and image within its historical context?from an Egyptian tomb to Titian's "Venus With a Mirror;" from an elegant French Rococo interior to Jackson Pollock's abstract "Green Silver;" from Renee Cox's daring performance piece "Chillin' with Liberty" to Eleanor Antin's amusing conceptual art project "100 Boots." In a stunning ending, Paglia declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that director George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, is the world's greatest living artist. Brilliantly concise and lucidly designed for general readers and students, this continually surprising book deciphers the messages of the cultural code over the past 3000 years, and once again confirms Camille Paglia's inimitable talent for overturning the received wisdom of her predecessors. Beautifully written, passionately argued, and filled with Paglia's trademark audacity, Glittering Images is destined to change the way we think about our visual environment in this high-tech age.
As a professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Camille Paglia was known for her habit of dressing up as Hamlet for Halloween. A highly visible and outspoken presence on the lecture circuit, in print, and on television, Ms. Paglia has always shown a pronounced flair for the dramatic. She graduated with honors in English from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1968, received her master's degree in philosophy from Yale in 1971, and her Ph.D. in 1974. A self-acknowledged fan of pop culture, Paglia has had a column in the online magazine Salon, where she answers readers' questions. She has confounded her critics by espousing views that are "feminist" (by her standards), conservative (by others' standards), loud, and libertarian--and always delivered in an aggressive, rapid-fire manner. An out lesbian, she has referred to herself as a "butch bottom."