By Cashell Kieran

ISBN-10: 1845115244

ISBN-13: 9781845115241

Accused via the tabloid press of getting down to 'shock', debatable artistic endeavors are vigorously defended by way of artwork critics, who usually downplay their anxious emotional impression. this is often the 1st ebook to topic modern paintings to a rigorous moral exploration. It argues that, in favouring conceptual instead of emotional reactions, commentators really fail to have interaction with the paintings they advertise. Scrutinising infamous works by way of artists together with Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Richard Billingham, Marc Quinn, Sally Mann, Marcus Harvey, Hans Bellmer, Paul McCarthy, Tierney Gearon, and Tracey Emin, 'Aftershock' insists at the significance of visceral, emotional and ‘ethical’ responses. faraway from clouding our judgement, Cashell argues, disgrace, outrage or revulsion are the very feelings that such works got down to evoke. whereas additionally wondering the catch-all proposal of ‘transgression’, this illuminating and arguable publication neither jumps indiscriminately to the defence of stunning artistic endeavors nor dismisses them out of hand.

'Kieran Cashell discusses artists who use every thing from dirty mattress linens to blood to lifeless sharks of their works. Drawing on a powerful array of philosophical principles, Cashell is helping audience take on the messy information of artwork through Damien Hirst, Orlan, Marc Quinn, Tracy Emin, and extra, as he presents a probing and refined security of the ethical price of such contemporary "transgressive" art.'

- Cynthia A. Freeland Professor and Chair, division of Philosophy collage of Houston, Texas

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