31.10.2021 00:00:00 - 31.10.2021
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The Absolute Mixture: Shit Art Positive is the first book-length study devoted to the scatological in art and breaks substantial new ground. It analyses excremental art as an extension of the avant-garde project of dismantling the separation between art and life. It is introduced by a survey from medieval times; the main focus, however, is on twentieth-century and contemporary art. The Absolute Mixture is organised chronologically but also by themes; numerous individual artists and their works are also considered at length. The narrative is shaped by multiple interweaving 'excremental discourses', including (but not limited to) disgust theory (beginning in eighteenth-century Germany); Freudian-Lacanian-Kristevan philosophy-cum-psychoanalysis; gestures of rebellion from Diogenes to Sloterdijk's kynicism; and contemporary notions of ecologically-sound production and recycling. The burgeoning field of shit art today receives up-to-date analysis in terms of Sachertorte Theory
Matthew Bown is a London-, Moscow- and Berlin-based art-dealer, historian and critic. In 2015, he gave the keynote speech at the annual conference of the International Association of Art Historians (AICA) exploring the connections between the Christian relic cult and the modern art market. He has published extensively on Russian art, including books for Yale University Press and Phaidon Press.
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