The (Moving) Pictures Generation The Cinematic Impulse in Downtown New York Art and Film

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Downtown New York in the late 1970s was filled with a vibrant energy, and with young artists making groundbreaking work. Many, like Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, and Kathryn Bigelow, have become legendary. The (Moving) Pictures Generation is a book about artists who were trained in art schools rather than film schools, but whose fascination was with the "movies." Their art was rife with cinematic reference, not only through "appropriation," as often noted, but by something deeper. Cinematic time, as duration and history, was engaged, as well as body movement, as gesture and pose, and narrative as cultural meaning. Andy Warhol in the 1960s had addressed similar issues.

Author Biography

Vera Dika is the author of Recycled Culture in Contemporary Art and Film: The Uses of Nostalgia (2003) and a founding editor of Millennium Film Journal. She is currently an assistant professor of Film Studies at New Jersey City University.

Table of Contents

Introduction * (MOVING) PICTURES * The (Moving) Picture: Joseph Cornell, Edison Company, Andy Warhol, Jack Goldstein * The Female Body and the Frameline: Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman * Vivienne Dick's Film Portraits * COMMUNITY * Amos Poe and the New York New Wave * Downtown and Community: Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Nan Goldin * NARRATIVE EXPECTATIONS * The Art of Transformation: Jack Goldstein, Robert Longo, and Cindy Sherman * Edging toward the Mainstream: Eric Mitchell, Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, Kathryn Bigelow * THE CINEMATIC BODY * Themes of Aggression: Lizzie Borden, Bette Gordon, Vivienne Dick, Beth and Scott B., James Nares, John Lurie * The Male Body in Cinematic Performance: David Byrne, Spalding Gray, Paul Swan, Eric Bogosian * The Ephemeral Body, the Female Voice: Louise Lawler, Ericka Beckman * THE MAINSTREAM * Incursions into Popular Culture: Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Kathryn Bigelow, Julian Schnabel * Conclusion and Continuation                

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