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New Book | Saige Walton – Cinema’s Baroque Flesh Film, Phenomenology and the Art of Entanglement

New book by Saige Walton Cinema’s Baroque Flesh Film, Phenomenology and the Art of Entanglement published by Amsterdam University Press. To coincide with the Australian launch of the book, AUP are offering a 20% discount that is valid until 31st December – download the flyer here (pdf) What is the relationship between cinema and the baroque? How might it be figured and felt? Foregrounding the baroque as a vital undercurrent of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy, Cinema’s Baroque Flesh opens up new avenues of embodied film theory that can make room for formal and experiential structure, signification, intelligence and sight, as well as the aesthetics of sensation. Walton argues for the baroque as its own aesthetic category of film and its own unique cinema of the senses. Combining media archaeological work with art history, Merleau Ponty’s phenomenological philosophy and film-phenomenology, the book provides close…

New Book | Representations of Renaissance monarchy Francis I and the image-makers

New book Representations of Renaissance monarchy Francis I and the image-makers by Lisa Mansfield from the University of Adelaide. About the book Representations of Renaissance monarchy analyses the portraits and personal imagery of Francis I, one of the most frequently portrayed rulers of sixteenth-century Europe. The distinctive likeness of the Valois king was widely disseminated and perceived by his French subjects, and Tudor and Habsburg rivals abroad. Complementing studies on the representation of Henry VIII, this book makes a dynamic contribution to scholarship on the enterprise of royal image-making in early-modern Europe. The discussion not only highlights the inventiveness of the visual arts in Renaissance France but also alludes to the enduring politics of physical appearance and seductive power of the face and body in modern visual culture. Coinciding with the five hundredth anniversary of Francis I’s accession, this book will…

New Book | Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith – Sheridan Palmer

A new book by Sheridan Palmer documenting the life and work of Bernard Smith has recently been published. ‘Better to make history than to write about it. What is needed is a brotherhood of some kind, compact, devoted, with a colourful title . . .’ Bernard Smith, letter to Robin Boyd, 1957 Bernard Smith’s ‘brotherhood’ was to become the famous group of Australian artists called The Antipodeans, and Smith was to write their manifesto. ‘The Antipodeans’ exhibition in 1959 was a watershed moment for Australian art. The exhibition included work by Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval, Clifton Pugh and, of course, Bernard Smith. But this is just one of Smith’s significant contributions to the history of Australian art, and one of many instances where he sought to highlight the importance of contemporary Australian…