Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait (Hardcover)

Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait By Fiona Johnstone (Editor), Kirstie Imber (Editor) Cover Image

Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait (Hardcover)

By Fiona Johnstone (Editor), Kirstie Imber (Editor)


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The portrait has historically been understood as an artistic representation of a human subject. Its purpose was to provide a visual or psychological likenesses or an expression of personal, familial or social identity; it was typically associated with the privileged individual subject of Western modernity. Recent scholarship in the humanities and social sciences however has responded to the complex nature of twenty-first century subjectivity and proffered fresh conceptual models and theories to analyse it.

The contributors to Anti-Portraiture examine subjectivity via a range of media including sculpture, photography and installation, and make a convincing case for an expanded definition of portraiture. By offering a timely reappraisal of the terms through which this genre is approached, the chapter authors volunteer new paradigms in which to consider selfhood, embodiment and representation. In doing so they further this exciting academic debate and challenge the curatorial practices and acquisition policies of museums and galleries.
Fiona Johnstone is an art historian, researcher and lecturer, specialising in the modern and contemporary period, with a focus on the intersections between art and visual culture and the medical humanities. She is Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Contextual Studies (Photography) at Middlesex University, UK. She has also worked at Durham University, the University of Warwick, Imperial College London, University of the West of England, University of the Arts London and Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Kirstie Imber is Sessional Lecturer in the History of Art & Screen Media at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, where she was previously Associate Research Fellow. Her research interests include the censorship of art, the intersection of law and cultural practices in the UK, and contemporary Iranian art.
Product Details ISBN: 9781784534127
ISBN-10: 1784534129
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: January 28th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English