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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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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.Read Full Review of Glittering Images: A Journey ... | See more reviews from NY Times
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.Read Full Review of Glittering Images: A Journey ... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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.Read Full Review of Glittering Images: A Journey ... | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
...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.Read Full Review of Glittering Images: A Journey ... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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