Sports Show by David E. Little
Athletics as Image and Spectacle

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

David E. Little's 'The Sports Show'...portraits and action scenes, brings us face to face with anonymous amateurs and world-famous figures from across the past century.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

Sporting events as spectacle. Athletes as cultural icons. It was not always so, and The Sports Show reveals in a dramatic way how photography and film and new media transformed age-old leisure activities into the pop culture phenomena of sports in our day. Innovative early photographers and filmmakers were fundamental to this transformation, producing powerful images that put millions of people at the center of the athletic action. As it documents the work of these artists and their role in creating sports as we know it, the book spotlights the artistry and cultural significance of such a shift.

A catalogue of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ exhibition, The Sports Show is a moving picture show in its own right, flashing before us a history of twentieth-century sport caught on film. Here are Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s early twentieth-century photographs of his family’s adventures driving race cars; Eadweard Muybridge’s famous images of “animal locomotion”; photographs by artists as well known as Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Kubrick, Edward Steichen, Garry Winogrand, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, and Andreas Gursky; and an abundance of extraordinary images from anonymous others who made our pastimes stop time. Accompanying the pictures are frames from films featured in the exhibition (and a dialogue transcript of Roger Welch’s O. J. Simpson Project); images from installations; Simon Critchley’s essay on soccer, “Working-Class Ballet”; Joyce Carol Oates’s “On Boxing”; and David E. Little’s essay on spectacle, “How Sports Became the ‘Sports Show’: From the Beginnings of Photography to the Digital Age.”

 

About David E. Little

See more books from this Author
David E. Little is curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 304 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors.
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Sports Show
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by The Editors on Feb 18 2012

David E. Little's 'The Sports Show'...portraits and action scenes, brings us face to face with anonymous amateurs and world-famous figures from across the past century.

Read Full Review of Sports Show: Athletics as Ima... | See more reviews from WSJ online

Rate this book!

Add Review