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Title :

Ingres as a blasted allegory

Author :
KLEINFELDER, Karen L. ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
John Baldessari's concept of 'blasted allegory' forms the theoretical framework for a discursive reading of how Ingres has been revisioned by four 20th-c. artists: Pablo Picasso, who pays an ironic homage to the old master in his 1918 painting of Bathers [Paris, Musée Picasso]; Cindy Sherman, who associates Ingres with the abject in her 1989 history portrait; Calum Colvin, who restages the Bain turc as a kitsch palace in his 1986 photo-construction; and Kurt Kauper, whose 1996-99 suite of paintings entitled Diva Fictions use a seduction of the signs to destabilize gender - imagine Ingres as a drag queen. These four case studies are looked at as a form of historiography, but what unfolds is perhaps better labelled hysteria-graphy since Ingres emerges as an hysterical discourse in the form of a 'blasted allegory'. What gets 'blasted' is any notion of a monolithic definition or mastery of what all Ingres has come to signify within the context of 20th-c. art practices and their critical receptions. Both elevated and derided as the epitome of 'high culture', a return to Ingres is cast as reactionary (Picasso) and cutting-edge (Sherman and Colvin), and sometimes cutting-edge precisely because it is reactionary, and thus transgressive (Kauper and Picasso). Read in these opposing ways, the 20th-c. Ingres ends up a 'blasted allegory' with no singular, coherent truth. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Allégorie ; Art ; Baigneuses ; Baldessari, John Anthony, n.1931 ; Citation visuelle ; Colvin, Calum, n.1961 ; Etats-Unis ; France ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Influence ; Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique, 1780-1867 ; Kauper, Kurt, 20e s. ; Paris (FRA), Musée Picasso ; Peinture ; Photographie ; Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 ; Sherman, Cindy, n.1954 ; Sources ; 1800-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Allegory ; Art ; Baldessari, John Anthony, b.1931 ; Bathers ; Colvin, Calum, b.1961 ; France ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Influence ; Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique, 1780-1867 ; Kauper, Kurt, 20th c. ; Painting ; Paris (FRA), Musée Picasso ; Photography ; Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 ; Quotations (visual) ; Sherman, Cindy, b.1954 ; Sources ; United States ; 1800-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 2000, 23, 5, Dec
INIST identifier :
24949519 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;