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Diane Arbus's 1960sAuguries of Experience$
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Frederick Gross

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670116

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670116.001.0001

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The Body in the 1960s

The Body in the 1960s

(p.97) 3 The Body in the 1960s
Diane Arbus's 1960s

Frederick Gross

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Arbus’s trope of the body as a dual mechanism: the physical body as an assemblage, and its connection to identity as an assemblage. It considers Arbus’s oeuvre as a synecdoche, part of a complex social climate in which ubiquitous images of the body, in photographs and on the TV screen, were ciphers for many of the social and artistic issues played out in the 1960s. It also discusses Arbus’s social panorama in relation to other artists of the 1960s working in a similar thematic terrain regarding photography and the human body.

Keywords:   Diane Arbus, women photographers, physical body, human body, identity, assemblage, social panorama, photography

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