Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9781861891136 Published September 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861891495 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only

Potential Images

Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art

Dario Gamboni

Potential Images
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Dario Gamboni

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304 pages | 44 color illustrations, 157 halftones | 8.25 x 11
Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9781861891136 Published September 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861891495 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Ambiguity is inherent in images because visual perception is an interpretative act involving memory and imagination. Modern art has made this aspect of perception crucial to its relationship with the viewer. Potential Images, the first systematic exploration of this topic, considers those works of art that rely to a great degree on imaginative response.

Dario Gamboni concentrates on the last decades of the nineteenth and first decades of the twentieth centuries, during which ambiguity and indeterminacy became defining characteristics of art. He examines how work by Redon, Gauguin, Rodin, Duchamp and numerous others sought to involve the beholder and reshaped artistic communication. Drawing on a vast range of sources, Gamboni finds striking parallels in other realms of contemporary culture and points to the intense exchanges that supported this process of cultural transformation. Potential Images also identifies the historical antecedents of this appeal to the viewer, finally proposing a conception of art in which artist and audience occupy symmetrical, equal and even interchangeable positions.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The 'sense of mystery'
I. Ambiguity and indeterminacy
II. From the origins to the classical age
III. From the Enlightenment to Impressionism
IV. Redon, Ensor, Seurat
V. Gauguin, Pont-Aven and the Nabis
VI. At the turn of the century
VII. Cubism, Abstraction and Readymade
VIII. In the society of images
IX. In the company of words
X. In the world of ideas
XI. Between two wars
XII. Ambiguity after Modernism
Conclusion: Redistributions of authority
References
List of Illustrations
Index
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