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Art to Hear

Art to Hear Staff

Published September 30th 2009
ISBN : 9783775724166
Hardcover
52 pages
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As long as humankind has needed ritual, theater and dialogue, it has fashioned and deployed masks. Modern arts relationship with masks underwent a transformation in the late nineteenth century, as Japanese and African mask craft penetrated theMoreAs long as humankind has needed ritual, theater and dialogue, it has fashioned and deployed masks. Modern arts relationship with masks underwent a transformation in the late nineteenth century, as Japanese and African mask craft penetrated the European consciousness- prior to this, though, they could be found in any artists studio, where they served as models for the execution of a portrait. Even death masks (e.g. of Napoleon, Gericault, Beethoven) were collected, for their phrenological and artistic qualities. This guided audio tour elaborates the perennial strangeness of the mask, using over 40 examples deriving from various cultures and dating from between 1860 and 1930. Literary commentary on the subject, by writers such as Oscar Wilde (Give a man] a mask, and he will tell you the truth) and Claude Levi-Strauss (whose The Way of Masks remains a basic text on the subject), complete the tour. The accompanying book presents annotated works by, among others, Rodin, Paul Gauguin and Arnold Bocklin, in large-format color illustrations.