The Image Always Has the Last Word : On contemporary New Zealand painting and photography

Author(s): Laurence Simmons


Essays On Contemporary New Zealand Painting and Photography This book, which takes its title from a phrase by Roland Barthes, examines in detail the work of seven major twentieth-century New Zealand painters and photographers: Rita Angus, Colin McCahon, Gordon Walters, Milan Mrkusich, Richard Killeen, Les Cleveland and Megan Jenkinson. While it contains some historical and contextual background, it is not an art history in the traditional sense. Rather, it aims to apply a broad range of critical theories and methodologies to sustained close readings of paintings and photographic images, in an attempt to explore a cluster of related concepts: subjectivity, sociality, self-reflexive representation, feminism, time, the gaze and the frame. It is also a conscious attempt to explore the complex relationship between words and images and therefore to begin to answer the question how we might write about painting and the visual. To achieve this deliberately employs a number of different performative strategies or


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  • : 9780864694126
  • : Dunmore Publishing
  • : Dunmore Publishing
  • : 280x225mm
  • : books

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  • : Laurence Simmons
  • : Paperback
  • : 195pp
  • : Colour Photographs