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Cultural critics from around the world offer their views on the issue of the artist's responsibility to society. Their essays address such subjects as: censorship, multiculturalism, communism to capitalism in Eastern Europe, Salman Rushdie, and the ethnic responsibility of young black film-makers.
This volume contains 13 essays by Carol Becker that ruminate about the nature of art, culture, issues of representation and society. "Surpassing the Spectacle" covers a range of topics, including the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its relationship to the Vietnam War.
A Slice of Classic New York with Sweet Recipes that Cover Every Craving, from Rugelach to Lemon Bars to Matzoh Walnut Brownies and more!
The first monograph on the indefatigable explorer of relationships between people, technology, and environmental issues
The first monograph of Chicago-based Theaster Gates, one of the most exciting and highly regarded contemporary artists at work today.
Carol Becker, preeminent arts educator and contributor to leading art magazines, offers a beautifully poignant meditation on the role of place in artistic creativity. She focuses on place as a historical, physical entity and a conceptual site where ideas come into meaning. The book explores places from the coal-mining towns of western Pennsylvania, to the Birla House where Gandhi was shot, to the sinking city of Venice. A cross between theory, memoir, and history, her writing creates the experiential effect of being in specific places as well as imagining the evolution of ideas as they are manifested in museums and often become agents for social change.
First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
**Ina Garten named the Black & White cookie at William Greenberg Desserts the best in New York City** A Slice of Classic New York with Sweet Recipes that Cover Every Craving, from Rugelachto Lemon Bars to Matzoh Walnut Brownies and Coconut Layer Cake William Greenberg Desserts has been a New York City staple for more than seventy years. While maintaining and celebrating the signature recipes, such as theLinzer Tarts and classic Hamantaschen, and, of course, the Black & White cookie, this book will offer new and refreshing recipes as well. The bakery triggers nostalgia in certain generations, but a newer audience is building their own memories with inspiring new flavorsfor example, without taking away schnecken and hot cross buns, modern goodies like cake pops, whoopee pies, and rainbow cakes are now available, too! Recipes will include: Honey loafChocolate pistachio biscottiButter pecan sandiesRocky road browniesRaisin sconesChocolate chip pound cakeAnd many more! This cookbook will carry on the tradition Mr. Greenberg started decades ago. It will maintain his legacy by including stories from Mr. Greenberg, as well as longtime customers, and members of the baking team who were trained by Mr. Greenberg himself, and are now teaching the next generation. Not only are original recipes still followed, but that attention to quality that established the bakerys reputation in the 1940s continues to this day. Like other New York iconsRuss & Daughters, Katzs Deli, Nathans Hot Dogsthe upper east side mainstay has become part of the fabric of the city.The timeless recipes are exactly the type of simple yet immensely satisfying sweets everyone wants. These recipes transcend trends while appealing to modern palates.This book adds a fresh perspective to the bakery and its recipes, while also staying true to the tradition and community its customers have loved for decades.
In her newest book, leading social critic Carol Becker offers a timely analysis of the nature of art and its role in politics and society. Completed just before the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center catastrophe, Surpassing the Spectacle is now especially relevant in its analysis of the spectacle society that was omnipresent before that fatal day. This book is remarkably prescient of the new concerns that have now become foremost in our thoughts since the attack. This collection of essays explores such topics as public memorials, America's attempt to hold onto a sense of security while faced with the reality of international terrorists living within our own cities, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, restorative justice, and issues of freedom of expression as they relate to incidents such as New York Mayor Guiliani's quest to ban Chris Ofili's painting of 'The Holy Virgin Mary' at the Brooklyn Museum. The essays cohere around Becker's central concerns: the education and role of artists in a post post-modern climate, controversies over public space, iconography, memorializing, and the myth of the global citizen. Throughout, Becker works to reconstruct a vision of humanity that incorporates, and hopefully moves us beyond, a dystopian moment when we no longer were able to use words such as humane, accountable, or the public good without seeming nostalgic and romantic. Becker raises the question of the place of art and the function of public intellectuals in a society desperately in need of creativity and leadership. The book is written in clear and accessible prose, which nonetheless looks at the issues philosophically and does not sacrifice any of the subtleties of thought necessary to contextualize and surpass the spectacle of contemporary U.S. society.