Behind Closed Doors: The Art of Hans Bellmer

Author:   Therese Lichtenstein
Publisher:   University of California Press
Volume:   9
ISBN:  

9780520209848


Pages:   266
Publication Date:   12 April 2001
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Therese Lichtenstein
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Volume:   9
Dimensions:   Width: 17.80cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.513kg
ISBN:  

9780520209848


ISBN 10:   0520209842
Pages:   266
Publication Date:   12 April 2001
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Behind Closed Doors reveals the complex structure behind these photographs of violated female adolescence, a structure in which sadism, masochism, hermaphroditism, fetishism, utopianism, and nostalgia all play a role. Above all, Lichtenstein's study makes clear the political aspect of these transgressive images: the way in which they served to question and undermine the contemporary authoritarian Nazi image of sexual 'normalcy' by recourse to a violent return of the repressed. -Linda Nochlin, author of Representing Women Behind Closed Doors: The Art of Hans Bellmer is a compelling gathering of the narratives around psychoanalysis, visual culture, biology, and gender. Therese Lichtenstein rigorously examines Bellmer's picturing of the body as the site of desire, confusion, and sudden disaster, and in doing so produces a telling tale of history's secrets and lies. -Barbara Kruger, artist and author of Thinking of You


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Therese Lichtenstein has taught art history and museum studies at New York University, Rice University, and Mount Holyoke College.

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