A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
On Sale: October 16, 2012
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From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and
Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed
cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through
Western art’s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian
tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas’s volcano planet
duel in Revenge of the Sith.
intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought
her fame, the great themes of Western art. Passionately
argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Paglia’s
trademark audacity, Glittering Images takes us on a
tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous
and some obscure or unknown—paintings, sculptures,
architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art
that have defined and transformed our visual world. She
combines close analysis with background information that
situates each artist and image within its historical
context—from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant
French rococo interior to Jackson Pollock’s abstract
Green Silver to Renée Cox’s daring performance piece
Chillin’ with Liberty. And in a stunning conclusion,
she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that
digital pioneer George Lucas is the world’s greatest living
artist. Written with energy, erudition, and wit,
Glittering Images is destined to change the way we
think about our high-tech visual environment
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