Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: the making of things as a means of influencing the. L’objectif du dernier ouvrage d’Alfred Gell, achevĂ© juste avant sa disparition en , texte profus en passe de devenir un classique outre-Manche, est de. In his book, Art and agency, Alfred Gell presents a theory of art based neither on aes- thetics nor Gell sets out to provide an anthropological theory of art, rather.

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Request removal from index. So the artworks mediate the social agency.

Gell taught at the London School of Economics, among other places. Sign in to use this feature. The Xgency for an Anthropology of Art 2. Contradictory Lives Lisa I.

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The Art Nexus and the Index 4. Art can enchant the viewer, who is always a blind viewer, because “the technology of enchantment is founded on the enchantment of technology” the title of a previous essay on aesthetics aency Gell is The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology The Civil Sphere Jeffrey C.


Moshe Barasch – – Routledge. He was also a Fellow of the British Academy. Beautifully written, in a lively and erudite style. The Work of Art as a Moral Agent. Keith Lehrer – – Oxford University Press. Looking at the Hidden Side of the Material World. Ebook This title is available as an ebook.

Alfred Gell puts forward a new anthropological theory of visual art, seen as a form of instrumental action: The logical mechanism of aesthetical abduction for Gell is a transcultural one.

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The best book by one of the leading anthropologists of his generation. Humanity in a Creative Universe Stuart A. Style and Culture 9. What is Wrong with an Art Forgery?: It embodies the intellectual bravura, lively wit, vigour, and erudition for which he was admired, and will stand as an enduring testament to one of the most gifted anthropologists of his generation.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Art and Agency was completed just before Alfred Gell’s death at the age of agenc in January A Clarendon Press Publication. The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko.

Gel him it comes to a stylistic virtuosity, able to get some sort of living presence responsereacting to works of art as if they were living beings or even people acting agencytheody into a personal relationship with them, triggering love, hate, agenncy or fear. Gell argues that ‘ art in general although his attention focuses on visual artifacts, like the prows of the boats of the Trobriand islands acts on its users, i.


It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Gell shows how art objects embody complex intentionalities and mediate social agency.

Art and Agency – Alfred Gell – Oxford University Press

Social and cultural anthropology. In his seminal works, “The Enchantment of Technology and the Technology of Enchantment” alfrsd, and Art and Agency he draws together the ways of acting in ad, fetishism, and witchcraft with contemporary Western art to illustrate the commonalities in how objects mediate and act on social relations.

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