Second Sight The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art

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Ellen Y. Tani, with an essay by Amanda Cachia and contributions by Joseph Grigely, Shaun Leonardo, Tony Lewis, Nyeema Morgan and Gala Porras-Kim

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Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd
Territory: World
Size: 250 mm x 210 mm
Pages: 112
Illustrations: 45 colour

RRP £29.95

  • Ground-breaking new research offers a contribution to the field of perception in contemporary art
  • Accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (1 March - 3 June 2018)

Featuring sculptural, sound-based, and language-based artworks, this fascinating volume explores the experiential, psychological, and metaphorical implications of blindness and invisibility in recent American art. New research addresses the paradox of why and how numerous sighted and unsighted artists, normally considered to be 'visual artists' such as William Anastasi, Robert Morris, Joseph Grigely and Lorna Simpson, have challenged the primacy of vision as a bearer of perceptual authority. Their work explores what resides on the other side of the visual field, prompting audiences to reflect upon the significance of what we cannot see, whether by choice, habit or physiological limitations, in the world around us. In so doing, they point to ways of knowing beyond what can be observed with the eyes, as well as to the invisible forces (societal, political, cultural) that govern our own frameworks of experience.

Ellen Y. Tani is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She received her PhD in Art & Art History from Stanford University. Amanda Cachia is an independent curator and critic from Sydney, Australia. She received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California, San Diego.