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Charles Harrison here traces the history of female subjects as they began to gaze out of the picture to confront and engage their viewers. Combining conceptual history with telling investigations into the details of specific works, "Painting the Difference" deciphers the implications of sexual difference for the development of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.In considering works by artists such as Renoir, Degas, Picasso, and Matisse, as well as Rothko, Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and others, Harrison incorporates elements of cultural criticism and social history into his arguments. Generous color illustrations permit the reader to test the author's claims against the works on which they are based.Rich with detail and compelling analysis, "Painting the Difference" offers cutting-edge interpretation by one of the most respected teachers and theorists of modern art.

"Anyone who wants to actually look at painting, as opposed to giving it a passing glance, and to "think "about what this encounter engenders in the embodied psychosexual identity of spectators, as opposed to knowing in advance what to think, will find Harrison''s lovely book indispensable. Painting, in Harrison''s keen critical gaze, is a way of thinking new thoughts about sex, gender, and the embodied spectator. Harrison allows paintings to surprise us, to call us out, and reawaken our wonder at the labyrinth of images of sexual difference. A crucial text for art historians, and for anyone interested in sexuality in the field of visual representation."--W. J. T. Mitchell, author of "Picture Theory" "Painting the Difference complicates routine assumptions about the sexism of male artists and viewers, and raises useful questions about the history of seeing." -- Patricia Failing "Art News""Painting the Difference puts forward a novel theory of the evolution of certain key works in the Modernist canon. This highly original book will be of keen interest to art history, cultural studies, and gender studies. A model of lucidity, and direct in its treatment of a difficult topic, Painting the Difference advances a bold theory of modern art of considerable relevance and importance."--Paul Smith, author of Seurat and the Avant-garde"Painting the Difference offers a gripping interpretation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century images, mostly paintings, mostly of women. The artists Harrison discusses are modernist icons: Renoir, Manet, Czanne, Degas, Morisot, Cassatt, Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, and Rothko. But he brings these canonical painters into entirely fresh focus by showing how their techniques develop from a driving concern with the question of just who is seeing what paintings reveal. Harrison''s central claim is that this self-consciousness arises from a sustained confrontation with the social domination at work in the male regard, including the painter''s regard, that shapes the appearance of women''s bodies in modern life."-Gregg M. Horowitz, Modernism/Modernity -- Gregg M. Horowitz "Modernism/modernity"""Painting the Difference "puts forward a novel theory of the evolutio--Paul Smith“"Painting the Difference" complicates routine assumptions about the sexism of male artists and viewers, and raises useful questions about the history of seeing.”—Patricia Failing, "Art News"--Patricia Failing "Art News "“Taken together these chapters serve to demonstrate how careful looking can provide new insight into the making and meaning of iconic works. Conceptually challenging and rich in detail, this is an attractive volume with a generous number of illustrations, both in color and black and white, that help to support the author''s claims and argument.”—Britta C. Dwyer, "Women’s Art Journal"--Britta C. Dwyer "Woman's Art Journal "“The strength of [Harrison’s] approach is not to reduce the reality of sexual difference to an iconographic or socio-historic question, but to treat it on the very surface of painting, through the devices it invents and the complex games it suggests to the viewer.”—Véronique Goudinoux, "Les Cahiers"--V?ronique Goudinoux "Les Cahiers """Painting the Difference" puts forward a novel theory of the evolution of certain key works in the Modernist canon. This highly original book will be of keen interest to art history, cultural studies, and gender studies. A model of lucidity, and direct in its treatment of a difficult topic, "Painting the Difference" advances a bold theory of modern art of considerable relevance and importance."--Paul Smith, author of Seurat and the Avant-garde""Painting the Difference" complicates routine assumptions about the sexism of male artists and viewers, and raises useful questions about the history of seeing." --Patricia Failing "Art News ""Taken together these chapters serve to demonstrate how careful looking can provide new insight into the making and meaning of iconic works. Conceptually challenging and rich in detail, this is an attractive volume with a generous number of illustrations, both in color and black and white, that help to support the author's claims and argument." --Britta C. Dwyer "Woman's Art Journal ""The strength of [Harrison's] approach is not to reduce the reality of sexual difference to an iconographic or socio-historic question, but to treat it on the very surface of painting, through the devices it invents and the complex games it suggests to the viewer." --Veronique Goudinoux "Les Cahiers """Painting the Difference" complicates routine assumptions about the sexism of male artists and viewers, and raises useful questions about the history of seeing. --Patricia Failing "Art News ""Taken together these chapters serve to demonstrate how careful looking can provide new insight into the making and meaning of iconic works. Conceptually challenging and rich in detail, this is an attractive volume with a generous number of illustrations, both in color and black and white, that help to support the author's claims and argument. --Britta C. Dwyer "Woman's Art Journal """"Painting the Difference" offers a gripping interpretation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century images, mostly paintings, mostly of women. The artists Harrison discusses are modernist icons: Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Morisot, Cassatt, Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, and Rothko. But he brings these canonical painters into entirely fresh focus by showing how their techniques develop from a driving concern with the question of just who is seeing what paintings reveal. Harrison's central claim is that this self-consciousness arises from a sustained confrontation with the social domination at work in the male regard, including the painter's regard, that shapes the appearance of women's bodies in modern life."--Gregg M. Horowitz "Modernism/modernity ""The strength of [Harrison s] approach is not to reduce the reality of sexual difference to an iconographic or socio-historic question, but to treat it on the very surface of painting, through the devices it invents and the complex games it suggests to the viewer. --Veronique Goudinoux "Les Cahiers ""

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  • PDF | 312 pages
  • Charles Harrison(Author)
  • University of Chicago Press (29 Nov. 2005)
  • English
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  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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