Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Michael Kammen
- Publish Date: 2007-11-06
In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates Americaâs obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakinsâs 1875 masterpiece The Gross Clinic, (considered âtoo big, bold, and goryâ when first exhibited) to the bitter disputes about Maya Linâs Vietnam War Memorial, this is an eye-opening account of American art and the battles and controversies that it has ignited.