The Artist, The Censor, and The Nude: A Tale of Morality and Appropriation

The Artist, The Censor, and The Nude: A Tale of Morality and AppropriationThe Artist, The Censor, and The Nude: A Tale of Morality and Appropriation

By Glenn Harcourt
Foreword by Francis M. Naumann
Artwork by Pamela Joseph

2017. Harcover. 128 pages with 75 illustrations
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This hybrid book examines the art and politics of “The Nude” in various cultural contexts, featuring books of canonical western art censored in Iran. Glenn Harcourtʼs rigorous, culturally-measured and art historical approach complements artist Pamela Josephʼs appropriation of these images as feminist critique. Harcourt’s discussion of Iranian contemporary artists focuses on censorship tropes in portraiture, including works by Aydin Aghdashloo, Gohar Dashti, Katayoun Karami, Daryoush Qarezad, Manijeh Sehhi, Newsha Tavakolian, and others.

From the Introduction by Glenn Harcourt:
Of all the topographies that exist in the world, that of the human body is perhaps the most relentlessly contested—both the actual body comprising flesh and blood, and the virtual body as it is written and visualized in representation. This is true of the body both male and female, and of the body both clothed and unclothed. Issues of personal and cultural identity; of sexual and theological politics; of religious and political ideology are all articulated in terms of the body and its represented image. The body as it is lived and pictured serves both to instantiate and to adjudicate cultural norms as well as to facilitate their transgression. It motivates desire, fashion, and pornography. Its representation serves as a measure of artistic skill, of fealty to pictorial tradition, or of commitment to innovation and revolution.

The Artist, The Censor, and The Nude: A panel discussion about art and censorship across cultural contexts with author Glenn Harcourt, Eleanor Heartney, Francis M. Naumann, and artist Pamela Joseph, on the publication of Harcourt and Joseph’s eponymous book (DoppelHouse Press,) will take place at Anderson Ranch Art Center on August 10, 2017.

Censorship in the arts differs from culture to culture and, in most cases, only causes the audience these censors are attempting to protect to wonder exactly what is being kept from them and why, resulting in a thought process that can often be more stimulating than a view of the unaltered work. Pamela Joseph provides a biting and severely critical, while at the same time uniquely humorous commentary on the futility of censorship in the arts, no matter in what form it is practiced.
– Francis M. Naumann

Pamela Joseph understands the power of image. By manipulating such icons as Magritte, Rousseau, Courbet, Dali, and Duchamp, the new adaptations are not only outrageous and humorous, but laced with absurdist dark humor.

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Glenn HarcourtGlenn Harcourt is a widely published critic based in Southern California who writes about the history of art and visual culture.

Artist Pamela JosephPamela Joseph is a multi-media artist based in Aspen, Colorado. Her work has been shown internationally and in numerous U.S. museums. She was also the subject of an award-winning short documentary, which focused on her long running art carnival, The Sideshow of the Absurd.

Francis M. NaumannFrancis M. Naumann is a scholar, curator, and art dealer in New York, specializing in the art of the Dada movement and the Surrealist periods.

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