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Contents: Art and Ritual, Primitive Ritual; Periodic Ceremonies: Spring Festival; Primitive Spring Dance or Dithyramb, in Greece; Transition from Ritual to Art; Greek Sculpture; Ritual, Art and Life; Bibliography.
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Based on an in-depth ethnographic study working with some of the world’s most influential Independent Public Artists, this book takes a completely new approach. Placing these illicit aesthetic practices within a broader historical, political, and aesthetic context, it argues that they are in fact both intrinsically ornamental (working within a classic architectonic framework), as well as innately ordered (within a highly ritualized, performative structure). Rather than disharmonic, destructive forms, rather than ones solely working within the dynamics of the market, these insurgent images are seen to reface rather than deface the city, operating within a modality of contemporary civic ritual.