Arresting Images

Arresting Images

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Although contemporary art may sometimes shock us, more alarming are recent attempts to regulate its display. Drawing upon extensive interviews, a broad sampling of media accounts, legal documents and his own observations of important events, sociologist Steven Dubin surveys the recent trend in censorship of the visual arts, photography and film, as well as artistic upstarts such as video and performance art. He examines the dual meaning of arresting images--both the nature of art work which disarms its viewers and the social reaction to it. Arresting Images examines the battles which erupt when artists address such controversial issues as racial polarization, AIDS, gay-bashing and sexual inequality in their work.As recounted, the Reverend Wildmon believes that images the media and artists project about Christians not only are denigrating, but may portend physical assaults (see Chapter Four). Many of his cohorts share this equation between life and art. In Costa Mesa, California, for example, a man who protested municipal art funds going to what he deemed aquot;political artaquot; ... be affected more profoundly than older individuals, as the periodic concern about cartoons and comic books reflects.

Title:Arresting Images
Author:Steven C. Dubin
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-10-18


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