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Radical Decadence


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Introduction: Decadence, Feminism and "Excess" Chapter 1: Consuming Craft, Cupcakes and Cocaine: Orly Cogan, Shane Waltener and Shelley Miller Chapter 2: Pleasure Craft: Nava Lubelski, Mickalene Thomas and Shary Boyle Chapter 3: Bad Women?: Tracey Emin, Ghada Amer and Allyson Mitchell Chapter 4: "The Decaying Fabrics of Life and Death": Rozanne Hawksley's Textile Art Bibliography Index

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This book examines works by contemporary feminist textile artists through the lens of radical decadence and proposes that this is a liberating aesthetic.

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Julia Skelly teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Radical Decadence addresses decadence and excess, re-framing these as contemporary strategies of transgression and pleasure. In this well-illustrated book, Skelly draws on established and newly emerging artists working with cloth, porcelain and paint, demonstrating the inherent and delightful messiness of these media and their resistance to controlling systems. -- Catherine Dormor, Middlesex University, UK

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