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This e-book examines public paintings outdoor the traditional confines of artwork feedback and locations it inside broader contexts of public area and gender by way of exploring either the classy and political features of the medium.

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Illich describes the exclusion of odours, such as the smell of the dead, from the city (Illich, [1984] 1986:50–7); Sibley refers to the link between purification and abjection: ‘we can anticipate that a feeling of abjection will be particularly strong… difference will register as deviance, a source of threat to be kept out through the erection of strong boundaries, or expelled’ (Sibley, 1995: 78), and philosopher Gillian Rose, in discussion of the absence of bodies from the methods of time-geography, relates purification to masculinity: The history of the white masculine bourgeois body in Euro-America can be told in terms of a series of exclusions… Bakhtin and Elias have traced that body’s loss of vulgar and feminine orifices and excretions from the seventeenth SPACE, REPRESENTATION AND GENDER 31 FIGURE 16 Jim Dine’s bronzes referencing Venus seem like a foil to the masculinity of modernist architecture, their curtailment perhaps a kind of disem— powerment, a subjection of the feminine to the male gaze century onwards; the civilized body was one with limited and carefully controlled passages between its inside and outside.

Descriptions from which planning decisions could be made, and a means to make a specific form of city development seem inevitable, prescriptions which tend to ensure future data agree with the initial descriptions. 36 Burgess goes on to ask what is a ‘normal’ rate of expansion in relation to biological processes of metabolism (Burgess, [1925] 1972:122), from which he normalises a measure of disorganisation through urban immigration, leading to the production of zones of transience, such as ‘hobohemia’, and a zone of ‘bad lands’ with vice and poverty ‘always’ found around central business districts.

Within feminism the body is seen in more than one way, either by denying its role as determinant of innate difference (because gender is cultural, whilst sex is biological), or by seeking to reclaim representations of women. Is it that, in a dualistic world, white, educated men think, and from their interiority gaze, on a world of extension in which women are objects in the field of view? Rose notes the role of medical science in establishing women and people of colour as ‘other’42 and continues: ‘while the white male could transcend his embodiment by seeing his body as a simple container for the pure consciousness it held inside, this was not allowed for the female or the black’ (Rose, 1993: 73).

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