Popularisation and Populism in the Visual Arts: Attraction Images

1st Edition

Anna Schober

September 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 55 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138605886 - CAT# K388563
Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies


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This book investigates the pictorial figurations, aesthetic styles and visual tactics through which visual art and popular culture attempt to appeal to "all of us". One key figure these practices bring into play—the "everybody" (which stands for "all of us" and is sometimes a "new man" or a "new woman")—is discussed in an interdisciplinary way involving scholars from several European countries.

A key aspect is how popularisation and communication practices—which can assume populist forms—operate in contemporary democracies and where their genealogies lie. A second focus is on the ambivalences of attraction, i.e. on the ways in which visual creations can evoke desire as well as hatred.

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