Inside the Death Drive: Excess and Apocalypse in the World of the Chapman Brothers

Inside the Death Drive: Excess and Apocalypse in the World of the Chapman Brothers

by Jonathan Harris (Editor)


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Inside the Death Drive assesses the work of brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, one of the art world’s most controversial duos. Over the last seventeen years they have created profoundly disturbing and challenging art, enraging some viewers and reducing others to hysterics. Essays by leading figures in the field address their oeuvre from a variety of critical standpoints, examining psychoanalytic, political, semiotic, pop-cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic depths and surfaces of the Chapmans’ graphic, sculptural, and installation artifacts. In addition, the book considers other artists who have attempted to deal with modern horror. Featuring a rare, specially commissioned interview with Jake Chapman and seventy reproductions of the Chapmans’ work, this volume highlights the controversial role that transgression plays in modern art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846311925
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Series: Liverpool University Press - Tate Liverpool Critical Forum , #11
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Harris is professor of art history at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of many books, including Inside the Death Drive: Excess and Apocalypse in the World of the Chapman Brothers, also published by Liverpool University Press.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: The Future Remains Excluded: Beyond the Pleasure Principle, ‘Slow-Motion Fascism’ and the Chapman Brothers (and Sisters)
      Jonathan Harris
2. Quartered, Drawn and Hung (Chapman, Chapman, Condo and McCarthy)
      Simon Baker
3. Hanged, Drawn and Quartered or Goya after the Chapmans
      Parveen Adams
4. 'Surreal Documentation’: Lee Miller’s Artistic Representation of Dachau and Buchenwald
      Lynn Hilditch
5. AES+F—More Than Just a Matter of (Bad) Taste
      Kerstin Mey
6. After Bad Taste: Tracey Emin’s Work on Abortion and Other Confessions
      Outi Remes
7. Empathic Relations: Rebecca Belmore and Faye HeavyShield
      Christine Conley
8. Inside the Death Drive
      A Conversation between Jake Chapman and Jonathan Harris
9. Report to the Academy
      Sylvère Lotringer


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