Potential Images : Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art
Dario GamboniISBN: 186189113X;
Book Description Ambiguity and indeterminacy are inherent in images because visual perception is an interpretive act involving memory and imagination. Modern art has made this aspect of perception crucial to its relationship with the viewer. Potential Images , the first systematic exploration of this topic, considers those works of art that rely to a great degree on imaginative response. Dario Gamboni concentrates on the last decades of the 19th-century and the first decades of the 20th, during which ambiguity and indeterminacy became defining characteristics of art. He examines how artists such as Redon, Gauguin, Cezanne, and James Ensor sought to involve the beholder and reshape artistic communication. Kandinsky intended that his work could be interpreted in figurative and non-figurative ways, while Duchamp_s Readymades presented the radical conclusion that "it is the beholder who makes the picture." Drawing on an impressive range of sources, Gamboni finds...
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