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A Picture Held Us Captive

A Picture Held Us Captive

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A Picture Held Us Captive

W037192 | $20.00 / 10% library disc.

Image Text Ithaca Press, 2022.

70 pp. Minimal Illustrations (all col.). 15 x 13 cm. In English. Paperback with flaps.

ISBN 9781733497121

Author Danielle Dutton's A Picture Held Us Captive asks what it means for a writer to work "with" someone or something else—to make art in dialogue with an energy not one's own. Dutton (born 1975) explores ekphrastic fiction, looking at a wide range of writers and artists including John Keene and Edgar Degas; Eley Williams and Bridget Riley; Ben Lerner and Anna Ostoya; Amina Cain and Bill Viola; Lydia Davis and Joseph Cornell; as well as her own textual responses to visual artists Richard Kraft and Laura Letinsky. A Picture Held Us Captive—which includes a series of images at once illustrative and refusing simple illustration—considers the ways in which ekphrasis operates as a diptych. A work of both commentary and self-reflection, Dutton considers a dialectic between art’s ability to make strange what has grown familiar and the writer’s desire to make recognizable the experience of one artwork in the space of another.

Subject Headings: International ; Western Art -- Surveys of Several Periods -- Criticism/Theory ; Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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