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Rapture: Art's Seduction by Fashion By Chris Townsend

Rapture: Art's Seduction by Fashion

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Raising questions about identity, style, culture, commerce and beauty, this volume reveals the ambivalent relationship between art and fashion and shows the visual results as artists both succumb to fashion's powerful lure and at the same time recoil from it.
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Rapture: Art's Seduction by Fashion by Chris Townsend

"Rapture" surveys the collision of two glamorous and fascinating worlds: art and fashion. Whether covering an art installation in a SoHo boutique, Cindy Sherman's complicity with the tools of mass media or a Keith Haring image advertising a hip brand of vodka, and whether describing clothes as metaphor or sculpture, the use of street-art graffiti on a Louis Vuitton bag or Tracey Emin as Vivienne Westwood's model, Chris Townsend shows how the alluring, illusory faces of fashion and art are fused. Raising questions about identity, style, culture, commerce and beauty, this volume reveals the ambivalent relationship between art and fashion and shows the visual results as artists both succumb to fashion's powerful lure and at the same time recoil from it. This volume forms the catalogue of an exhibition at the Barbican, London, which runs from 10 October 2002 to 2003. The images present a mix of art forms: installations, performance art, film stills, sculpture, photography, collage and drawing, plus catwalk shots, advertising images, architectural views of galleries and fashion stores. And the artists covered range from the iconic - Helmut Newman, Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Duggie Fields - to the up-and-comers of the New York art scene - Eliza Jimenez, Karen Kilimnick, Judith Shea, Maureen Connor - as well as the Brit Pack - Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marc Quinn, Georgina Starr.

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About Chris Townsend


Chris Townsend is a writer, independent curator and lecturer in media arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. His previous publications include the award-winning Vile Bodies: Photography and the Crisis of Looking, plus his new book The Art of Tracey Emin (with Mandy Merck), which will be published by Thames & Hudson this autumn.

Table of Contents


1. Conceptualism and Fashion's Rejection 2. Ambivalent Embrace 3. The Empty Body (i) 4. The Empty Body (ii) 5. Fragments of Fashion 6. Shopping in Space 7. Form and Uniform 8. Dressing Down Dressing Up 9. Who Will You Be Today? 10. What Is Beauty? 11. To Die For

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GOR002508298
Rapture: Art's Seduction by Fashion by Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2002-10-07
176
0500283834
9780500283837
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