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Aftershock: The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art by Cashell Kieran

By Cashell Kieran

Accused by way of the tabloid press of getting down to 'shock', arguable artistic endeavors are vigorously defended by way of paintings critics, who often downplay their worrying emotional influence. this is often the 1st publication to topic modern artwork to a rigorous moral exploration. It argues that, in favouring conceptual instead of emotional reactions, commentators really fail to interact with the paintings they advertise. Scrutinising infamous works by way of artists together with Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Richard Billingham, Marc Quinn, Sally Mann, Marcus Harvey, Hans Bellmer, Paul McCarthy, Tierney Gearon, and Tracey Emin, 'Aftershock' insists at the value of visceral, emotional and ‘ethical’ responses. faraway from clouding our judgement, Cashell argues, disgrace, outrage or revulsion are the very feelings that such works got down to evoke. whereas additionally wondering the catch-all idea of ‘transgression’, this illuminating and arguable ebook neither jumps indiscriminately to the defence of stunning artistic endeavors nor dismisses them out of hand.

'Kieran Cashell discusses artists who use every thing from dirty mattress linens to blood to lifeless sharks of their works. Drawing on a powerful array of philosophical principles, Cashell is helping audience take on the messy information of paintings through Damien Hirst, Orlan, Marc Quinn, Tracy Emin, and extra, as he offers a probing and sophisticated security of the ethical worth of such contemporary "transgressive" art.'

- Cynthia A. Freeland Professor and Chair, division of Philosophy collage of Houston, Texas

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