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Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface, Cheng, Anne Anlin
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Author Name:    Cheng, Anne Anlin

Title:   Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Oxford University Press 

ISBN Number:   0199988161 / 9780199988167

Seller ID:   ING9780199988167

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Through the figure of Josephine Baker, Second Skin tells the story of an unexpected yet enduring intimacy between the invention of a modernist style and the theatricalization of black skin at the turn of the twentieth century. Stepping outside of the platitudes surrounding this iconic figure, Anne A. Cheng argues that Baker's famous nakedness must be understood within larger philosophic and aesthetic debates about, and desire for, 'pure surface' that crystallized at the convergence of modern art, architecture, machinery, and philosophy. Through Cheng's analysis, Baker emerges as a central artist whose work engages with and impacts various modes of modernist display such as film, photography, art, and even the modern house.

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