Ideal Wunschwelten Worlds: Neue Romantik in der Kunst der Gegenwart/New Romanticism in Contemporary Art

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  • Edition: BILINGUAL
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-12-30
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
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In an age of increasing mobility and dissolving social bonds, the yearning for intimacy and security grows steadily stronger in western society. Plagued by uncertainty in the face of turbulent social and political systems and a sense of vulnerability generated by endless reports of war and horrific images of terror, many people are turning away from reality in search of safe havens and newly hopeful perspectives.~Ideal Worlds explores the parallel reflection of this social trend in contemporary visual art. A new spirit of Romanticism is being revived in earnest by a number of young artists, from painters to new media practitioners, each of them in search of beauty, paradise lost, and the fictional world of fairytales. In some works, an emphasis on the individual and individual feelings goes hand in hand with a re-awakening interest in the landscape and its symbolic qualities. New Romanticism in Contemporary Art presents the work of some 15 artists, among them Justine Kurland, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, and Christian Ward.

Table of Contents

Vorwort / Prefacep. 12
Die Welt muss romantisiert werden - Uber die Wiederentdeckung einer Haltung / The World Must Be Made Romantic: On the Rediscovery of an Attitudep. 22
Der Grund und der Abgrund der Bilder / The Abyss of Imagesp. 46
Hinter dem Rucken der Figur - Das Nachleben der Romantik in der Kunst der Gegenwart / Behind the Figure's Back: The Afterlife of Romanticism in Contemporary Artp. 66
David Altmejdp. 88
Hernan Basp. 104
Peter Doigp. 120
Kaye Donachiep. 134
Uwe Hennekenp. 150
Karen Kilimnikp. 164
Justine Kurlandp. 176
Catherine Opiep. 194
Christopher Orrp. 216
Laura Owensp. 230
Simon Peritonp. 242
David Thorpep. 254
Christian Wardp. 272
Kunstlerbiografien / Artists' Biographiesp. 289
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