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The glamour of strangeness : artists and the last age of the exotic, Jamie James

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The glamour of strangeness : artists and the last age of the exotic
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The glamour of strangeness
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artists and the last age of the exotic
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Jamie James
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Glamor of strangeness
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eng
Summary
"Exploration of a "rare, emotionally intense way of life" in which artists like Raden Saleh and Walter Spies abandon the cultures that created them and adopt an exotic alternative"--
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ In this exciting book, novelist and critic James (The Snake Charmer) examines six artists (and many interesting secondary figures) whose travels allowed them to find inspiration and belonging far from their homelands in locations across the globe. James primarily focuses on the painter Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), who left Paris to settle in Tahiti; Raden Saleh (1814–1880), a Javanese painter who traveled across Europe; and French poet and doctor Victor Segalen (1878–1919), for whom China became a second home. Also dominant are Isabelle Eberhardt (1877–1904), a Swiss writer who emigrated to French Algeria dressed as a man; Walter Spies (1895–1942), a painter nearly forgotten in modern Germany, who moved to Bali; and the American filmmaker Maya Deren (1917–1961), who immersed herself in voodoo culture in Haiti. In addition to analyzing his subjects’ art, James details their rich lives, mining their published works, personal archives, journals, and letters, and often revealing serendipitous connections between the artists. Many of his subjects refused to conform to the social norms of their birthplaces, namely monogamy and heterosexuality, and the description of these struggles is illuminating. James also includes his own perspective, reflecting on his travels through Asia, South America, and Europe, and his permanent relocation to Bali, where he has witnessed firsthand the effects of globalization. This well-written text is a sharp, thought-provoking contribution to the ongoing conversation about transculturation. Illus. Agent: Katina Matson, Brockman Inc. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 04/04/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 14, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Six artists in quest of the exotic.Throughout his career, novelist, cultural critic, and travel writer James (Rimbaud in Java: The Last Voyage, 2011, etc.) was drawn by "the romantic allure" of the mysterious and remote; since 1999, the Houston-born writer has made a home in Indonesia. Like the artists he profiles in this richly detailed, absorbing cultural history, the author well understands the motivation of "exotes," "an elite group of travelers who seek to immerse themselves in otherness." His major focus is on painters Paul Gauguin, Walter Spies, and Raden Saleh; writers Isabelle Eberhardt and Victor Segalen; and filmmaker Maya Deren. All from different places, they shared a cosmopolitan background, confused cultural identity, unconventional private lives, and an overwhelming desire to reinvent themselves. Gauguin, "sexually frustrated and perpetually in debt," left France for Tahiti, intent on starting a new, liberated life but always with an eye on the Paris art market. James sees him as "a pioneer of a new vision of travel as a one-way proposition." Like Rimbaud before him and Spies after, he was motivated "more by a disgust with the homeland than by an informed attraction to the new home." Unlike James' other subjects, who fled from the stultifying materialism of Western culture, Saleh, "an enthusiast who fervently idealized Europe and European ways," left Java for Germany, where he became a dandy, painting and socializing with aristocrats. Handsome, blond Spies left his famous lover, filmmaker F.W. Murnau, in Germany when he sailed to Bali, where he "created a cosmopolitan social whirl of his own," with guests who included Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, and Leopold Stokowski. James does not argue for the artistic greatness of his lesser-known characters, but they prove to him "that cultural identity can be a choice," pursued with joy. Abundant primary sources inform James' sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2016)
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collective biography
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1951-
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James, Jamie
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700.19
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Artists
  • Artists
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Identity (Psychology)
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artists and the last age of the exotic
Label
The glamour of strangeness : artists and the last age of the exotic, Jamie James
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-341) and index
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000056122936
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 364 pages
Isbn
9780374163358
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(hardback)
Lccn
2015041555
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)918994993
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The glamour of strangeness : artists and the last age of the exotic, Jamie James
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-341) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000056122936
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 364 pages
Isbn
9780374163358
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015041555
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)918994993

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