Glittering Images by Camille Paglia
A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars

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...a lively, bracingly outspoken writer able to draw on her knowledge of both fine arts and popular culture...The major problem of the book, however, is its ending, a problem similar to Paglia’s previous Break, Blow, Burn.
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WIth full-color illustrations throughout

From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and 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 Images takes 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 Silver to 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 Images is destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.




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About Camille Paglia

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Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of Break, Blow, Burn; Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps. She has also written The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Vintage. 224 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by John Adams on Nov 30 2012

Paglia, who knows her Emily Dickinson and her Kafka...has journeyed to the wrong continent, and what she has found glittering there is fool’s gold.

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Reviewed by Gary Rosen on Oct 16 2012

Ms. Paglia comes closest to the critical energy of her earlier work when she defends modern artists who are often dismissed as opportunists or charlatans.

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Reviewed by MARK KINGWELL on Oct 20 2012

There is insight in every one of these miniature studies, along with an accurate, if somewhat pedantic, running history of art in the Western world.

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Oct 26 2012

...a lively, bracingly outspoken writer able to draw on her knowledge of both fine arts and popular culture...The major problem of the book, however, is its ending, a problem similar to Paglia’s previous Break, Blow, Burn.

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