Animae: The invisible sources of the artwork: talks with today's artists [Premium Color]

Animae: The invisible sources of the artwork: talks with today's artists [Premium Color]

by Emma Coccioli


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Romanticism, the brooding and intensely personal eighteenth-century art and literary movement, takes on a new lease of life in this carefully curated collection of interviews with contemporary artists from around the world. Informed by the writings of the renowned psychoanalyst James Hillman, Romanticism is reconsidered from a twenty-first-century perspective. Moving past a purely formal presentation of the artists’ work, this text strives to uncover the deeper meaning and more pressing issues present in the artworks.

All connected by a similar romantic vein, Emma Coccioli explores each artist’s individual practice through a series of carefully selected questions. For Coccioli, discussions of ‘the moral issue’ and the future of the world also form an important part of the interviews. Coccioli acknowledges that artists have often been asked questions about their role in relation to the moral issue and the problem of nihilism. However, even if we have an inherent understanding of the concepts of good and evil, Coccioli argues that there is a need to re-examine the modern-day psyche as it tends to be apathetic and with little emotional resonance on our actions and behaviour.

Global overpopulation, climate change, and the planet’s limited resources are also meaningfully discussed in this collection of interviews. In questioning the artists, whose work addresses, even remotely, these topics, Coccioli encourages them to consider what they believe to be the greatest threats to today’s global community and to suggest solutions that might be adopted by future generations.

This original and engaging look at contemporary art practice presents a sophisticated discussion of some of the most pressing issues for modern-day society. The interdisciplinary nature of this book means that it will appeal to students, scholars, artists and to anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of contemporary art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622737208
Publisher: Vernon Art and Science
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Series in Art
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Emma Coccioli studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, whilst also pursuing her interest in music. She began her professional career as a production secretary in the film industry, before shifting her focus to the world of contemporary art. Since then, she has worked for several art galleries in Milan.

Inspired by the evocative power of art, Coccioli's research was driven by a need to develop a working relationship with esteemed artists from across the world. Animae is the result of these exchanges between Coccioli and the artists in question. By answering this need, Coccioli has also been able to contribute to the promotion and support of the artists' work.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Paul Benney

Chapter 2 Liu Bolin

Chapter 3 Christopher Bucklow

Chapter 4 Giacomo Costa

Chapter 5 Thierry De Cordier

Chapter 6 Susan Derges

Chapter 7 Simone Douglas

Chapter 8 Ilaria Ferretti

Chapter 9 Neil Folberg

Chapter 10 Amy Friend

Chapter 11 Jane Fulton Alt

Chapter 12 Omar Galliani

Chapter 13 Ori Gersht

Chapter 14 Karen Gunderson

Chapter 15 Yoshiaki Ishikawa

Chapter 16 Alexander James

Chapter 17 Claudia Kunin

Chapter 18 Abelardo Morell

Chapter 19 Lori Nix

Chapter 20 Josephine Sacabo

Chapter 21 Jennifer Schlesinger

Chapter 22 Luzia Simons

Chapter 23 Sandy Skoglund

Chapter 24 Penny Slinger

Chapter 25 Berndnaut Smilde

Chapter 26 Rosetta Whitehead


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