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Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. Accused by the tabloid press of setting out to 'shock', controversial artworks are vigorously defended by art critics, who frequently downplay their disturbing emotional impact. This is the first book to subject contemporary art to a rigorous ethical exploration.
It argues that, in favouring conceptual rather than emotional reactions, commentators actually fail to engage with the work they promote. Far from clouding our judgement, Cashell argues, shame, outrage or revulsion are the very emotions that such works set out to evoke. While also questioning the catch-all notion of 'transgression', this illuminating and controversial book neither jumps indiscriminately to the defence of shocking artworks nor dismisses them out of hand.
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Aftershock: The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art