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From Pure Visibility to Virtual Reality in an Age of Estrangement cover
  • ISBN: 9780275960889
  • ISBN10: 0275960889

From Pure Visibility to Virtual Reality in an Age of Estrangement

by John Adkins Richardson

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 08/01/1998
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Continuities in artistic form from the fourteenth century in Italy to the present are examined, with emphasis on two overriding tendencies: (1) the formalization of visual representations and their interpretations, and (2) the association of that formality with extreme individualism in the Western world. Challenges to the tradition struck only at certain aspects of it (such as strict perspective and the hierarchy of subject matter) but did not undercut such fundamental characteristics as the nature of a given visual space or harmony derived from concentration of elements rather than, for example, cumulative distribution of elements. It is no accident that the development of this theory is coeval with the emergence of modernism, for both are expressive of the same individualistic concept of existence. Attempts to resist the conception of art as order on the grounds that such rationalism is inimical to free thought have ultimately revealed themselves to be alternative versions of what they resist; thus, deconstructionism, for example, is hardly more than an extreme formalization of conventional criticism.
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