The Estrangement Principle

The Estrangement Principle The Estrangement Principle argues for a wider range of possible associations with art made by queer people by unraveling the difficulties of the queer art label Goldberg invokes the lives and works of

  • Title: The Estrangement Principle
  • Author: Ariel Goldberg
  • ISBN: 9781937658519
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Estrangement Principle argues for a wider range of possible associations with art made by queer people by unraveling the difficulties of the queer art label Goldberg invokes the lives and works of artists Renee Gladman, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Jack Waters Peter Cramer, and others to bring into focus the problematics of categorization in art and literary histories.The Estrangement Principle argues for a wider range of possible associations with art made by queer people by unraveling the difficulties of the queer art label Goldberg invokes the lives and works of artists Renee Gladman, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Jack Waters Peter Cramer, and others to bring into focus the problematics of categorization in art and literary histories This book length essay mixes cultural criticism, close readings, and personal anecdotes, all the while developing a deftly wrought tension between a polemical voice and one of ambivalence The Estrangement Principle is an exercise in contradiction with the ultimate goal of resisting the practice of movement naming.

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    1. I love the cultural and aesthetic archive that comes alive in this book, which spans a range of mostly very recent contemporary queer art and literature. I'm not that exercised by the problem of the word "queer" (but of course the word describes people like me and work like mine pretty readily without much complication); that said, I was impressed by how Goldberg uses the question in its various iterations to organize a book so devoted to queer culture and community. Loved the part about Goldber [...]

    2. when i started this i thought it was trying too hard to be fake academic and i am very invested in queer as an identity/art category so some of the arguments were a little hard for me but by the time it got to crying at an audre lorde documentary i was in love.

    3. I LOVE THIS BOOK. On the trouble with naming, or not naming, and categorizing. On curation, assimilation, resistance, belonging and not belonging, literature and photography and the label "queer art." So smart and thoughtful, and with lol-moments of humor too.

    4. I found myself arguing and agreeing with this book. Some spots were very offputting as a bit policing of what is "queer art" but overall, a very well-written book by a sincere writer who is if not necessarily looking for answers then just looking and observing. If you're queer get this book. If you're not then get it even sooner.

    5. Enjoyed this broad reaching work of literary criticism and experience. Ariel Goldberg takes on Frank O'Hara's insistence that the work they see matters, and that these artists are people we should know. Cohering lesbian and Queer multi-generations, they ask good questions and pose them too. Fun to read.

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