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Strange and Charmed: Science and the Contemporary Visual Arts Paperback – 1 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; First Edition edition (1 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090331987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903319874
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is one of the first books to examine the relationship between science and contemporary art and to chart the new work beginning to emerge from artist/scientist collaborations. Contributors include distinguished art historian Martin Kemp and artist Andrea Duncan.

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By MRS J SCOTT on 5 Jan. 2013
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This book is a gem - insightful, informative, and with a range of contributors, a compulsive dynamic is achieved. If you are interested in art and science then its a valuable tome.
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a new aesthetic 20 Aug. 2009
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"Strange and Charmed Science and the Contemporary Visual Arts"

The book is a fascinating journey of how science and art collaborate to bring attention to our health and environment. It describes how illness and toxins affect our lives but it is presented in the realm of aethetics.
Scientists and artists work towards a common understanding and goal though their disciplines are diverse.

The book describes how artist have engaged scientists in an aesthetic pursuit of focusing on every day issues
which affect our lives. Some artists use nature and its fragility as documenting a passage of time.
Some examples also describe body art which documents the transformative process of surgery.

There are, however, extreme examples of an artist using hazardous radioactive materials for aesthetic purposes which need clearance from the US Govt. One wonders whether such a use is justifiable in the name of aesthetics.

I recommend this book.
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