MASKS (Book)

Bowie and Artists of Artifice

Edited by James Curcio

This interdisciplinary anthology explores the complex relationships in an artist’s life between fact and fiction, presentation and existence, and critique and creation, and examines the work that ultimately results from these tensions.

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This interdisciplinary anthology explores the complex relationships in an artist’s life between fact and fiction, presentation and existence, and critique and creation, and examines the work that ultimately results from these tensions.
 
Using a combination of critical and personal essays and interviews, MASKS presents Bowie as the key exemplifier of the concept of the 'mask', then further applies the same framework to other liminal artists and thinkers who challenged the established boundaries of the art/pop academic worlds, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, Søren Kierkegaard, Yukio Mishima and Hunter S. Thompson. Featuring contributions from John Gray and Slavoj Žižek and interviews with Gary Lachman and Davide De Angelis, this book will appeal to scholars and students of cultural criticism, aesthetics, and the philosophy of art; practising artists; and fans of Bowie and other artists whose work enacts experiments in identity.

Jamie Curcio (BA, Bard College) is a writer, artist, and transmedia producer living in Boston. He is the author of numerous books including Join My Cult! (New Falcon, 2004), Narrative Machines and Party at the World’s End (Mythos Media, 2017, 2013), and former editor for Rebel News, and The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized, 2011). He is the current editor at ModernMythology.net.

"Artists who swim in liminal seas, who speak through symbol, myth and mask embodying our deepest and darkest dreams, both intrigue and terrify. Intrinsically compelled or performatively constructed, they become our shamans by proxy.  But Curcio delves further, exploring the complex relationship between the artist and the projections and obsessions that swirl around them, not always transforming but sometimes merging or devouring them. It is a fascinating journey into the mysterious energies surrounding artists of artifice." 
 
Tanja Stark – artist

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