Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice (Hardback) book cover

Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice

Edited by Christian Mieves, Irene Brown

© 2017 – Routledge

308 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 32 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138855816
pub: 2017-01-13
$150.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315720098
pub: 2017-01-12
from $54.95
$38.47


FREE Standard Shipping!
Look Inside

Description

Wonder has an established link to the history and philosophy of science. However, there is little acknowledgement of the relationship between the visual arts and wonder. This book presents a new perspective on this overlooked connection, allowing a unique insight into the role of wonder in contemporary visual practice. Artists, curators and art theorists give accounts of their approach to wonder through the use of materials, objects and ways of exhibiting. These accounts not only raise issues of a particular relevance to the way in which we encounter our reality today but ask to what extent artists utilize the function of wonder purposely in their work.

Reviews

"Brown and Mieves bring a much neglected attention to the topic of wonder and the visual arts in this edited collection of reflections drawn from a diverse range of distinguished scholars and practitioners. The emphasis on practice is to be welcomed. It goes beyond theory into the studio and the role wonder has in the production and reception of visual arts. This stimulating volume is a must read for academics and practitioners in the visual arts." - Christopher Smith, University of the Arts London, UK and Editor, Journal of Visual Art Practice

Table of Contents

Introduction

Christian Mieves and Irene Brown

Part I: Taxonomy, Structures and Identities

1. Archives of Wonder: Collecting the Liminal in Contemporary Art

Tiffany Shafran

2. One Hour: Visual Practice Exploring a Collective History

Shirley Chubb

3. Wonders Without Wonder: Divining the Donkey-Rat

Will Buckingham

4. Wonder, Subversion and Newness

Runette Kruger

5. The Snow Globe as Object of Wonder

Anne Hilker

6. From Nimbus Cloud to Cloud Canyon: Artistic Practice and the Idea of Wonder in Contemporary Art

Christian Mieves

Part II: Contemporary Curatorial Practices

7. Spectral Exhibitions: ‘The Wonders of the Invisible

World’ (or, Exhibiting Contradiction – Known Knowns and Unknown Unknowns)

Alistair Robinson

8. Wonder on Tour

Irene Brown

9. Coral-Fishing and Pearl-Diving: Curatorial Approaches to Doubt and Wonder

Marion Endt-Jones

10. Preternatural: Curating Wonder

Celina Jeffery

Part III: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Function of Wonder

11. Collecting Skulls and Hair: In Pursuit of Wonder in Death’s Chambers

Jane Wildgoose

12. Wunderkammer of the Now: In Search of the Wunderbare: Romanticising as a

Contemporary Fine Art Practice

Laura Kuch

13. The Enemies of Wonder: An Itinerant Conversation

Silke Dettmers and Mark Sanderson

14. Claude Glass Re-visited: ‘…the largest down to the smallest balls of mercury reflect the entire universe.’

Alison Dalwood

15. Photographing the Wunderkammer: a Personal Journey of art Making and Meaning

Terry Ownby

16. Gothic Wonder in the Contemporary Landscape

Juliette Losq

About the Editors

Christian Mieves is a painter and Senior Lecturer at Wolverhampton University, UK. Recent publications include journal articles on Luc Tuymans, Dana Schutz and the Beach in Contemporary Art Making. He has been co- editor of the special edition of the Journal of Visual Art Practice 9.3 (2010) and works currently on a special journal edition on erosion and visibility (forthcoming 2017).

Irene Brown is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University, UK Recent projects include Poetics of the Archive: Creative Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive, an AHRC funded project at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, 2015; Phantasmagoria Electric, an installation, exhibited as part of the Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses, Centre for Fine Art Research, School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, 2014 and International Research Fellowship at the Bakken Museum of Electricity and Mesmerism, Minneapolis, USA, 2013.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART009000
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART059000
ART / Museum Studies
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies