Looking Askance

Looking Askance

Skepticism and American Art From Eakins to Duchamp

Book - 2004
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"Looking Askance offers a new paradigm for understanding American visual culture, from the art of Thomas Eakins, William Harnett, and Marcel Duchamp to such fascinating historical episodes as the trial of spirit photographer William Mumler, scientist Helen Abbott's interpretation of Monet's Impressionism, the myriad illusions featured at the Buffalo World's Fair of 1901, and William James's analysis of automatic drawing. Leja traces the roots of skeptical seeing in the culture of modernity and in national values of entrepreneurship, invention, competition, and unregulated marketing." "This original book shows how "looking askance" has shaped American visual culture from the mid-nineteenth century to our own time."--Jacket
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004
ISBN: 9780520249967
Characteristics: xiii, 300 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

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