Accused by the tabloid press of setting out to ‘shock’, controversial artworks are vigorously defended by art critics, who frequently downplay their disturbing. Accused by the tabloid press of setting out to ‘shock’, controversial artworks are vigorously defended by art critics, who frequently downplay. PDF | On Oct 4, , Shelley Campbell and others published Kieran Cashell, Aftershock: The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Drawing on an impressive array of philosophical ideas, Cashell helps contemporarry tackle the messy details of art by Damien Hirst, Orlan, Marc Quinn, Tracy Emin, and more, as he provides a probing and subtle defense of the moral value of such recent ‘transgressive’ art.
This provocative book subjects contemporary transgressive fransgressive to a rigorous ethical exploration. Accused by the tabloid press of setting out to ‘shock’, controversial artworks such as those in the infamous “Sensation” show – which in prompted Mayor Giuliani’s outrage – are vigorously defended by art critics who frequently downplay their disturbing emotional impact. Yet in doing so, Cashell argues, these commentators actually fail to understand the work they defend.
Scrutinising notorious works by Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marcus Harvey, Orlan, Tracey Emin and others, Cashell maintains not only that such work produces a visceral, emotional and ‘ethical’ response – but that it actively sets out to do so. Accused by the tabloid press of setting out to ‘shock’, controversial artworks are vigorously defended by art critics, who frequently downplay their disturbing emotional impact.
This is the first book to subject contemporary art to a rigorous ethical exploration.
It argues that, in favouring conceptual rather than emotional reactions, aftershoock actually fail to engage with the work they promote. Far from clouding our judgement, Cashell argues, shame, outrage or revulsion are the very emotions that such works set out to evoke. While also questioning the catch-all notion of ‘transgression’, this illuminating and controversial book neither jumps indiscriminately to the defence of shocking artworks nor dismisses them out of hand.
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Don’t have a Kindle? Review ‘Kieran Cashell discusses artists who use everything from soiled bed linens to blood to dead sharks in their works. Freeland Professor ethixs Chair, Department of Philosophy University of Houston, Texas Synopsis This provocative book subjects contemporary transgressive art to a rigorous ethical exploration. See all Product description. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 1 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
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Cashell predominantly focuses on artists from the Sensation exhibition, such as Hirst, Billingham and Harvey, and gives a really detailed analysis of their artwork. Cashell also discusses other critics opinions, which helps to give a greater understanding of the different reactions to the art works analysed by Cashell.
Whilst the majority of books deal with the moral criticism of art, Cashell focuses on ethical criticism of art. This book is particularly interesting as Cashell argues that the viewer should not try to separate any ethical problems raised by certain artworks, and judge it purely aesthetically, as the ethical unease caused, is integral to its interpretation.
Aftershock: The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art
Aftershock provides a well written, concise and thought provoking critique on some of the ethical debates raised by contemporary art, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in ethics and art. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. A complex but rewarding book, Cashell’s re-evaluation of the works of some familiar enfant terribles builds a meticulously researched case for the proposition that our reflex negative moral response to certain works is ultimately superseded by a more profound reawakening or an “ethically admirable” response.
Various heavyweights Kant, Freud, Lacan, Hume bring er. Cashell brings a level of insight and precision to his examination of all of the artists that is worth the ticket price alone.
For all that though, the core proposition as Cashell knows is deeply tendentious and despite the rigour throughout the conclusions affershock sit uncomfortably. Perhaps this is inevitable given the counter-intuitive nature of what we’re being asked to accept: Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us.
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