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Gursky, Ruff, Demand: allegories of the real and the return of history

Matheson, Neil (2007) Gursky, Ruff, Demand: allegories of the real and the return of history. In: Sutton, Damian and Brind, Susan and McKenzie, Ray, (eds.) The state of the real: aesthetics in the digital age. I B Tauris, London, UK, pp. 38-47. ISBN 1845110773

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Focusing on the work of contemporary German photographers Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff, this essay argues that their work can be considered a modern form of ‘history painting’ and should be read in terms of allegory. The essay marks a break with dominant aesthetic readings of these works and reasserts the socio-political dimension of their practice.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Publication based on a conference held at Glasgow School of Art in 2005 - The State of the Real.
Uncontrolled Keywords:photography, aesthetics, real
Research Community:University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design, School of
ID Code:3444
Deposited On:22 Feb 2007
Last Modified:16 Sep 2008 14:49

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