Research Handbook on Art and Law

Edited by Jani McCutcheon and Fiona McGaughey, UWA Law School, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Featuring international contributions from leading and emerging scholars, this innovative Research Handbook presents a panoramic view of how law sees visual art, and how visual art sees law. It resists the conventional approach to art and law as inherently dissonant – one a discipline preoccupied with rationality, certainty and objectivity; the other a creative enterprise ensconced in the imaginary and inviting multiple, unique and subjective interpretations. Blending these two distinct disciplines, this unique Research Handbook bridges the gap between art and law.

‘In an age where imaginative thinking is needed more than ever, this lively meeting of minds is a most welcome endeavor. Moving beyond registers of opposition, this wide-ranging collection addresses the intersection of art and law as a necessary provocation for thinking more deeply about what it means to live fully and justly. Lawyers, judges, legal theorists, philosophers, curators and artists are deftly brought together, making this Research Handbook invaluable for anyone invested in the intersection of law and culture.’
– Joan Kee, University of Michigan, US

‘In a world increasingly dominated by the visual – a world also in which “the law” and its promise of justice absorb giant and global political and interdisciplinary challenges – there is no more timely book than this one investigating the relationships between visual art and law.’
– Jessica Silbey, Northeastern University, US

2020 464 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 146 1 £162.00 £180.00 $243.00 $270.00

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