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The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art Hardcover – 19 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (19 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226772195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226772196
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,699,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Surveying the field of contemporary culture with grace and wit, Wendy Steiner comes to the surprising conclusion that 'a revolution is underway in the general understanding of beauty.' The Perfected Form of the engineered celebrity and supermodel - and such things as Platonic architecture and sculpture - is giving way to a more interactive beauty. The real real engages the audience in vital interaction - does not petrify as a Medusa head - it's a Reality2." - Charles Jencks, author of Critical Modernism"

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Wendy Steiner is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and a wide-ranging cultural critic who has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Nation, London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is the author of many books, including, most recently, Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art.

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"The body politic has become hard to distinguish from art." 8 Oct. 2011
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This book is on the Rorotoko list. Professor Steiner's interview on "The Real Real Thing" ran as the Rorotoko Cover Feature on August 3, 2011 (and can be read in the Rorotoko archive).
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