From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual by David Levi StraussFrom Head to Hand: Art and the Manual by David Levi Strauss

From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual

byDavid Levi Strauss

Hardcover | March 10, 2010

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How does a vision - an image in the mind, in the imagination - get from the head to the hand, and out into the world? The passage can take a lifetime or happen almost instantaneously in the works of painters and sculptors. In this concise, pithy study, art critic David Levi Strauss makes anargument for the continued relevance of art made by hand. A wide variety of examples are under consideration: the works of individual sculptors and painters; 'exotic' practitioners, such as the West coast Haida and the poet Cecilia Vicuna; curatorial figures and critical thinkers; the distinctionbetween labor and poetics, and more. The author's core concern is an ongoing inquiry into the relation of art-making to the present cultural and political ethos, which Strauss asserts as a necessary connection. This larger claim is kept in focus by the specificity of his accounts, an oftenremarkable tracing of fact, response, perception, and thought. Strauss' resistance to (intellectual and aesthetic) fashion makes for a rewarding exchange between aesthetic theory, art historical knowledge, and independent thought.
David Levi Strauss' essays and reviews appear regularly in Artforum and Aperture, and he has written exhibition catalogues and monographs on the work of numerous artists, including Martin Puryear, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Carolee Schneeman, Alfredo Jaar, Miguel Rio Branco, Mike Bidlo, Raoul Hague and Robert Frank, Tim Davis, and Daniel ...
Title:From Head to Hand: Art and the ManualFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.2 × 5.8 × 0.9 inPublished:March 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195391225

ISBN - 13:9780195391220


Table of Contents

Part IFrom Hand to Head and Back Again: Some Lines for Martin PuryearSculpture and Sanctuary: Ursula Von RydingsvardLaborare est OrareReanimating Matter: Raoul Hague and Robert FrankPart IIBeuys in IrelandBetween Two Worlds: The Haida ProjectRelational, in the Sense of Operative: Community in the Holy ForestThe Memory of the FingersPart IIIIn Praise of DarknessWhy Move on from Illuminations that Haven't Yet Been Understood?Her Plumbing and Her Bridges, in Sweet AssemblageThe Dissemination of PaintingPart IVThe Fighting Is a Dance, TooFallen Figures and HeadsRemembering GolubSpero's HeartPart VHosephat and the Wooden Shoes: Duncan and DelireRadial Asymmetries: On Guy DavenportThe Bias of the World: Curating After Szeemann and HoppsIt Has to Be Danced to Be Known: Leo Steinberg