Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle

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    Sporting events as spectacle. Athletes as cultural icons. It was not always so, and The Sports Show reveals in a dramatic way how photography and film and new media transformed age-old leisure activities into the pop culture phenomena of sports in our day. Innovative early photographers and filmmakers were fundamental to this transformation, producing powerful images that put millions of people at the center of the athletic action. As it documents the work of these artists and their role in creating sports as we know it, the book spotlights the artistry and cultural significance of such a shift.A catalogue of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts\u2019 exhibition, The Sports Show is a moving picture show in its own right, flashing before us a history of twentieth-century sport caught on film. Here are Jacques-Henri Lartigue\u2019s early twentieth-century photographs of his family\u2019s adventures driving race cars; Eadweard Muybridge\u2019s famous images of \u201canimal locomotion\u201d; photographs by artists as well known as Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Kubrick, Edward Steichen, Garry Winogrand, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, and Andreas Gursky; and an abundance of extraordinary images from anonymous others who made our pastimes stop time. Accompanying the pictures are frames from films featured in the exhibition and a dialogue transcript of Roger Welch\u2019s O. J. Simpson Project; images from installations; Simon Critchley\u2019s essay on soccer, \u201cWorking-Class Ballet\u201d; Joyce Carol Oates\u2019s \u201cOn Boxing\u201d; and David E. Little\u2019s essay on spectacle, \u201cHow Sports Became the \u2018Sports Show\u2019: From the Beginnings of Photography to the Digital Age.\u201d

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    Number of Pages: 304
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780816679379
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    Listed in: Exhibition catalogues & specific collections, Photographs: collections, Photographs: portraits, Track & field sports, athletics
    Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

    Books by David E. Little

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    RRP: £37.50

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