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Townsend, Chris

Works: 47 works in 164 publications in 4 languages and 4,725 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Video art  Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Drama  Superhero films  Action and adventure films  Poetry  Catalogs  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: N6537.V56, 709.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Chris Townsend
Across the great divide : modernism's intermedialities, from futurism to fluxus by Chris Townsend( )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and German and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's nothing pure about modernism. For all the later critical emphasis upon 'medium specificity', modernist artists in their own times revel in the exchange of motifs and tropes from one kind of art to another; they revel in staging events where different media play crucial roles alongside each other, where different media interfere with each other, to spark new and surprising experiences for their audiences. This intermediality and multi-media activity is the subject of this important collection of essays. The authoritative contributions cover the full historical span of modernism, from its emergence in the early twentieth century to its after-shocks in the 1960s. Studies include Futurism's struggle to create an art of noise for the modern age; the radical experiments with poetry; painting and ballet staged in Paris in the early 1920s; the relationship of poetry to painting in the work of a neglected Catalan artist in the 1930s; the importance of architecture to new conceptions of performance in 1960s "Happenings"; and the complex exchange between film, music and sadomasochism that characterises Andy Warhol's "Exploding Plastic Inevitable"
The art of Bill Viola by Chris Townsend( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The American video and installation artist Bill Viola is one of the most popular artists in the world today. Significatnly, at a time when an artist's importance is oftern conferred by small groups of experts and cognoscenti, Viola's rich imagery touches a nerve with large international audiences. His is an art of everyman; work that is profoundly spiritual and never afraid to make the big statement. That statement is often about human life and its relation to the universe, to the soul and human spirit, to nature and to death. Viola is one of those rare artist whose work makes us awae of our nature as human beings. He returns art to what were once it fundamental concerns: he gives it a relevance to the emotional and spiritual lives of ordinary people. But Viola's art is also an art of our own time: despite this interest in 'old-fashioned' values, this work is produced with the most innovative, most modern of media." - back cover
The art of Rachel Whiteread by Rachel Whiteread( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and Italian and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rachel Whiteread is perhaps the most important living British artist. In The Art of Rachel Whiteread a group of leading critics from museums and universities in Europe and North America examine the full range of Whiteread's work, from the early domestic pieces of the late 1980s, through to her most recent public art projects such as Monument and Room 101. These essays examine both the art historical legacy of post-minimalism within which Whiteread works and the historical commentaries that her site specific projects engender, and they suggest new critical approaches to what is likely to be one of the most enduring artistic projects of our time."--Jacket
The art of Tracey Emin by Tracey Emin( Book )

16 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of ten critical essays on different aspects of the work of Tracey Emin; the first serious critique of Emin by a variety of distinguished art historians from both the UK and USA, including Rosemary Betterton, Lorna Healy, Peter Osborne, Ulrich Lehmann and Deborah Cherry
Art and death by Chris Townsend( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This highly sensitive and beautifully written book looks closely at the way contemporary Western artists negotiate death, both as personal experience and in the wider community. Townsend discusses but moves beyond the 'spectacle of death' in work by artists such as Damien Hirst to see how mortality - in particular the experience of other people's death - brings us face to face with profound ethical and even political issues. He looks at personal responses to death in the work of artists as varied as Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Derek Jarman, whose film 'Blue' is discussed here in depth. Exploring the last body of work by the the Kentucky-based photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Jewish American installation artist Shimon Attie's powerful memorial work for the community of Aberfan, Townsend considers death in light of the injunction to 'love thy neighbour.'"--Jacket
Francesca Woodman by Chris Townsend( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Francesca Woodman has become one of the most talked about, studied and influential of late twentieth-century photographers. She started taking photographs when she was barely thirteen, and in less than a decade created a body of work that has now secured her reputation as one of the most original American artists of the 1970s. Woodman brought an understanding of Baroque painting, modernist art and contemporary post-Minimalist practice to her haunting, sensual, images. Both in her work with models and in her sometimes disturbing self-portraits, she made a thoroughgoing challenge to the certainties of photography." "Interested in how people relate to space, and how the three-dimensional world can be reconciled with the two dimensions of the photographic image, Woodman played complex games of hide-and-seek with her camera. One of the enduring appeals of her work is the way in which she constructs enigmas that trap our gaze. She depicts herself seemingly fading into a flat plane, merging with a wall under the wallpaper, dissolving into the floor, or flattening herself behind glass. She constantly compares the fragility of her own body with the physical environment around her. Fascinated by transformation and the permeability of seemingly fixed boundaries, Woodman conjures in her work the precarious moment between adolescence and adulthood, between presence and absence." "This comprehensive monograph includes over 200 of Woodman's works - some of which have never been exhibited or published before - as well as previously unseen extracts from her journals, selected and introduced by her father, George Woodman. There are examples of her large-scale 'blue-prints', and reproductions of her artist's books, including Some Disordered Interior Geometries, which was published in 1981, the year she took her own life. An extensive text by Chris Townsend examines the influences of Gothic literature, Surrealism, feminism and post-Minimalist art on Woodman's photographs, as well as placing her in relation to her contemporaries, such as Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. This book confirms Woodman's position as one of America's most talented and important artists since 1970, with a legacy lasting well beyond her own time."--Jacket
New art from London by Chris Townsend( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a decade of art revolving around sensation and celebrity, New Art from London identifies the emergence of a more mature and motivated strain of artists. Although they are far from being a coherent group with a manifesto, their work suggests, along with irony, wit and intelligence, a new sense of seriousness about art in Britain."--Jacket
Rapture : art's seduction by fashion since 1970 by Chris Townsend( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rapture surveys the collision of two glamorous and fascinating worlds: art and fashion. Whether covering an art installation in a SoHo boutique, Cindy Sherman's complicity with the tools of mass media or a Keith Haring image advertising a hip brand of vodka, and whether describing clothes as metaphor or sculpture, the use of street-art graffiti on a Louis Vuitton bag or Tracey Emin as Vivienne Westwood's model, Chris Townsend shows how the alluring, illusory faces of fashion and art are fused
Vile bodies : photography and the crisis of looking by Chris Townsend( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The photographers in this book do not, for the most part, intentionally confront taboos; they depict objects and subjects, material phenomena, Their intent, perhaps - for this is my assumption as a critic - is to represent the world to itself, and to themselves, much as artists have always done. The challenges to limits of propriety, decency, morality and shame are read into the work by their audience more often than they are intentionally placed within it
Nicholas Pope by Penelope Curtis( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Avengers. Age of Ultron( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth±s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure
Hyper passive by Fiona Crisp( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hyper Passive is a celebration of Fiona Crisp's large-scale photographic work made over the past decade, including major projects realized during residencies at The Berwick Gymnasium, The National Trust and The British School at Rome. Through focussing on work from the last ten years, Hyper Passive reveals the quietly persistent process of destabilisation running throughout Crisp's practice whereby coordinates of architectural space, time or states of being are re-ordered. This lavishly illustrated 80-page colour publication, designed by the artist in collaboration with Phil Baines and Kate Lyons, includes an essay by Professor Christopher Townsend (Royal Holloway, University of London) and an interview with Alessandro Vincentelli (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead). Published in June 2009 by Matt's Gallery to coincide with the solo touring exhibition Subterrania (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Impressions Gallery, Bradford and Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall)
Why keep Sunday special by Chris Townsend( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Storm in a teacup : a teardrop reveals a universe of meaning by Chris Townsend( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated poem that tells the story of a teardrop that falls into an teacup, eventually finding its way out to sea and getting caught up in nature's life cycles
Francesca Woodman : scattered in space and time by Chris Townsend( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francesca Woodman is one of the most influential of late twentieth century photographers. This monograph includes over 250 of Woodman's works. It examines the influences of gothic literature, surrealism, feminism and post-minimalist art on Woodman's photographs
Károly Keserü : London works, 2000-2009 by Károly Keserü( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Izima Kaoru, 2000-2001 by Kaoru Ijima( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francesca Woodman : un être disséminé dans l'espace et dans le temps by Chris Townsend( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glenn Sujo : anatomies : studies from the human skeleton & other works by Glenn Sujo( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ergin Çavuşoğlu( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The art of Bill Viola
The art of Rachel WhitereadThe art of Tracey EminArt and deathFrancesca WoodmanNew art from LondonRapture : art's seduction by fashion since 1970Vile bodies : photography and the crisis of lookingHyper passive
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Townsend, Christopher‏

Townsend, Christopher (Professor of media arts)

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