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Glittering Images : A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars

ISBN: 9780307278029 | 0307278026
Format: Trade Paper
Publisher: Vintage
Pub. Date: 7/2/2013

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From the best-selling author of Sexual Personaeand Break, Blow, Burnand one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art's defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas's volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith. America's premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, the great themes of Western art. Passionately argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Paglia's trademark audacity, Glittering Imagestakes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknown-paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. She combines close analysis with background information that situates each artist and image within its historical context-from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant French rococo interior to Jackson Pollock's abstract Green Silverto Renée Cox's daring performance piece Chillin' with Liberty.And in a stunning conclusion, she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that digital pioneer George Lucas is the world's greatest living artist. Written with energy, erudition, and wit, Glittering Imagesis destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.


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