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Screen Presence

Cinema Culture and the Art of Warhol, Rauschenberg, Hatoum and Gordon

Stephen Monteiro

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Explores the intersections of film, popular media and art since the 1950s

Cinema plays a major role in contemporary art, yet the deeper influence of its diverse historical forms on artistic practice has received little attention. Screen Presence explores the intersections of film, popular media, and art since the 1950s through the examples of four pivotal figures – Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Mona Hatoum and Douglas Gordon. While their film-related works may appear primarily as challenges to conventional cinema, these artists draw on overlooked forms of popular film culture that have been commonplace, and even dominant, in specific social contexts. Through a range of new sources, including advertisements, specialty magazines, postcards, technical guides and souvenir programs, Stephen Monteiro demonstrates the dependence of contemporary artists on cinema’s shifting applications and interpretations, offering a fresh understanding of the enduring impact of everyday media on how we make and view art.

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Introduction: Cinema’s Grey Spaces
Chapter 1: A Wider Audience: Robert Rauschenberg, the White Paintings, and CinemaScope
Chapter 2: The Screen Scene: Andy Warhol, the Factory, and Home Movies
Chapter 3: Private Dis-Pleasures: Mona Hatoum, Mediated Bodies, and the Peep Show
Chapter 4: A Monument in Ruins: Douglas Gordon, Screen Archaeology, and the Drive-in

About the Author

Stephen Monteiro is Associate Professor of Global Communications at the American University of Paris.

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