Emotional Blackmail

October 1, 2011
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Emotional Blackmail
Chen Tamir and Markús Thór Andrésson

Tracing a tendency away from the irony and cynicism that marked contemporary art of the 1980s and 1990s, this publication offers a sampling of complex works marked by what could be called “neo-sincerity.” Artists and writers look at how emotions are expressed and manipulated in the name of art, the emotional exchange between artist, collaborator and viewer, and the difficulty of expression and generation of emotion in contemporary visual art. Ranging from pop music, YouTube, teen culture and self-help, the inspirations for these works are straight from our multifarious mainstream culture. Markús Thór Andrésson is the Assistant Director of SAFN, a private collection in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has written extensively on contemporary art, his focus being on the scene in Reykjavik and Berlin. Chen Tamir is an independent curator and arts writer based in New York, Toronto, and Tel-Aviv. She has curated exhibitions at Gallery TPW and the Barnicke Gallery (Toronto) and the Ise Cultural Foundation and White Box (New York).

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (10/2011)  96 pp 25 col. ill. 8.5 x 5.5 in softcover   978-1-894699-52-5  $20.00 Can. $25.00 U.S. (16 €)

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