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The Infinite Image: Art, Time and the Aesthetic Dimension in Antiquity

Bahrani, Zainab

ISBN 10: 1780232772 / ISBN 13: 9781780232775
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Asserting that art and the aesthetic dimension appeared in antiquity, The Infinite Image is a ground-breaking dissection of the established eurocentric ideas regarding art as a modern, and purely Western, aspect of culture. Num Pages: 240 pages, 110, 70 in colour. BIC Classification: ACG. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 200 x 256 x 24. Weight in Grams: 1054. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781780232775

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In the ancient civilizations of the Near East and Mediterranean, images were used as a way to create reality and reach out to the infinite. Reviving the fascination that gripped the avant-garde and the surrealists when confronted with the arts of the ancient Near East, The Infinite Image presents a radical new reading of Mesopotamian art as an aesthetic realm defined by objects that transcend time in order to carry traces of the past into the present.
Zainab Bahrani’s book opens in the early twentieth century, when artists and intellectuals like Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, and Georges Bataille were captivated by the ancient sculptures they encountered in European museums before the question of the aesthetic in ancient art was rejected by rationalist scientific archaeology later in the century. She then travels back through the writings of Derrida, Hegel, Kant, and Plato to Mesopotamia, using these thinkers to argue that ancient images formed an aesthetic dimension that was both historical and evolving. She also addresses issues of the politics of cultural heritage important to Near Eastern art in the context of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and current instabilities in the Middle East. With over one hundred illustrations, The Infinite Image will be necessary reading for anyone interested in the questions at the center of contemporary history and the anthropology of art.

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Zainab Bahrani is the Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of several books on ancient Mesopotamian art and history, most recently Rituals of War: The Body and Violence in Mesopotamia.

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