Saturday, September 10, 2011
Wallowing as ever in a whole slew of gloriously infernal texts: Valentine Groebner's Defaced The Visual Culture of Violence in the Late Middle Ages (Zone) which takes the reader through everything from the culture of facial mutilation to the ancient battle field. Branden W Joseph's Beyond The Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (Zone) which uses the notion of minor history to explore the work of Conrad et al. Demetrio Paparoni's Eretica: The Transcendent and the Profane in Contemporary Art (Skira) which includes all manner of beautiful illustrations of work by the likes of Richard Phillips, Regina Jose Galindo and Jake and Dinos Chapman, amongst others. Finally, The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in Eighteenth Century France (Zone) edited by Michel Feher.