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Glittering Images A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars (Paperback)

Author:  Camille Paglia
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307278026
ISBN-13: 9780307278029
Sku: 243392128
Publish Date: 8/13/2013
Pages:  224
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From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art?s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas?s volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith.

America?s premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, the great themes of Western art. Passionately argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Paglia?s trademark audacity, Glittering Images takes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknown?paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. She combines close analysis with background information that situates each artist and image within its historical context?from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant French rococo interior to Jackson Pollock?s abstract Green Silver to Renée Cox?s daring performance piece Chillin? with Liberty. And in a stunning conclusion, she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that digital pioneer George Lucas is the world?s greatest living artist. Written with energy, erudition, and wit, Glittering Images is destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.

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Camille Paglia
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."
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