Homosocial tension in aaron siskind's bill lipkind 10: an examination of the male form as outlier

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Fine Arts
Department Art & Art History
Author Ballou, Matthew Harris
Title Homosocial tension in aaron siskind's bill lipkind 10: an examination of the male form as outlier
Date 2015
Description The photograph Bill Lipkind 10 (1960), by Aaron Siskind, provides a divergent narrative of the photographer. The photograph, which depicts a nude male, problematizes an artist and artwork traditionally seen as Abstract Expressionist in a culture of homophobic Post-War American art. Consideration of Siskind as a heterosexual Abstract Expressionist photographer has continued to restrict the complexity of his work while further entrenching this narrative of the artist. This thesis argues that in order to better "resolve the tension" within Siskind's photography, we must degender our understanding of the sexualized gaze. Rather than heterosexualizing or homosexualizing the image, I employ Eve Sedgwick's homosocial lens to analyze the photograph. This homosocial context is formed using in-depth analysis of the image, an exploration of previous scholarship of Siskind's work, the unique relationship between photographer and subject, and consideration of how an understanding of an artist's sexuality colors interpretation of image making.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Abstract Expressionist; Homosocial; Photography
Dissertation Name Master of Arts in Art History
Language eng
Rights Management ©Matthew Harris Ballou
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 27,068 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/4000
ARK ark:/87278/s6894f74
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2016-08-02
Date Modified 2017-05-11
ID 197550
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6894f74
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