The World Upside Down / Le monde à l'envers
The world upside down is one in which the symbolic (usually ruling) order is turned on its head. It is a world visualized by artists where killer rabbits hunt humans and Superman is a hero of the Soviet Union. It is the Planet of the Apes as an allegory of racial discrimination. It is a place where Aboriginal North Americans dine alfresco at Edouard Manet's expense. This richly illustrated book portrays works of contemporary art and prose as examples of this powerful satiric creative impulse. Richard William Hill a context to the modern work presented in this volume with the history of this "art of inversion" in the visual arts of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. Far from an academic treatise, this lively collection of essays and art makes us assess our assumptions and acceptance of contemporary iconic images and texts.
Published by Banff Centre Press, Walter Phillips Gallery, Riverside Architectural Press, and Thomas Allen Publishers.