Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell by Arden ReedSlow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell by Arden Reed

Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell

byArden Reed

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Americans, on average, spend between six and ten seconds with individual artworks in museums or galleries—hardly time enough. But how, in our culture of distraction, might we extend attention? Slow Art models sustained ways of looking, through encounters with various media both present and past—including photography, painting, sculpture, “living pictures,” film, video, digital and performance art—even light and space. Works by Diderot, Emma Hamilton, Oscar Wilde, Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Andy Warhol, and Richard Serra, among others, shape a new and distinct aesthetic field. But rather than a collection of objects, slow art is participatory—it directly engages beholders to bring artworks to life. Against current orthodoxy, Arden Reed argues that, for contemporary viewers, the contemplation of slow art is akin to religious practices during the ages of faith.

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Arden Reed is Arthur and Fanny Dole Professor of English at Pomona College. He writes on the visual arts and literature, and his publications include Manet, Flaubert, and the Emergence of Modernism and Romantic Weather: The Climates of Coleridge and Baudelaire.  
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Title:Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James TurrellFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:June 20, 2017Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Video Examples
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Marking Time

PART I: DRAWING OUT SLOW ART

1. What Is Slow Art? (When Images Swell into Events and Events Condense into Images)
2. Living(?) Pictures

PART II: EPISODES FROM A SHORT HISTORY OF SLOW LOOKING

3. Before Slow Art
4. Slow Art Emerges in Modernity I: Secularization from Diderot to Wilde
5. Slow Art Emerges in Modernity II: The Great Age of Speed

PART III: SLOW ART NOW

6. Slow Fiction, Film, Video, Performance Art, 1960 to 2010
7. Slow Photography, Painting, Installation Art, Sculpture, 1960 to 2010
8. Angel and Devil of Slow Art

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"...what in another writer’s hands might have been a dry academic treatise turns out to be a lively ramble through high and low culture, touching on the likes of Diderot, Goethe, David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag, Sleeping Beauty, the Countess de Castiglione and Andy Warhol."