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Iconomy: Towards a Political Economy of Images

Iconomy: Towards a Political Economy of Images Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2023, vol. 23, no. 1, 111–118 https://doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2023.2222384 REVIEW Iconomy: Towards a Political Economy of Images, by Terry Smith, London: Anthem, 2022. £80RRP, 236 pp. ISBN:9781839984358 Recently, while working in the Bernard Smith Collection at the State Library of Victoria, I came across an inscribed copy of The Architecture of Aftermath, a study of the aesthetic implications of the 9/11 attacks on the symbolic and functional architecture of the USA. Its author, Terry Smith, framed the attacks in terms of what he had formulated as the ‘iconomy in the era of contemporaneity’. Published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006, the inscription reads: ‘To Bernard, With all my respects & best wishes on your 90th birthday … Terry, 5/8/07’. Although unrelated, the elder Smith is here shown, as he often is, to be a kind of godfather figure for art history in Australia (he was 27 years older than Smith the younger), whereby he is being dutifully informed of the latest art histor- ical concepts by his protege: Iconomy, Contemporaneity. It is tempting to consider what the elder Smith might have thought of these terms. For his purpose, Smith the younger was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Taylor & Francis

Iconomy: Towards a Political Economy of Images

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art , Volume 23 (1): 8 – Jan 2, 2023
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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2023, vol. 23, no. 1, 111–118 https://doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2023.2222384 REVIEW Iconomy: Towards a Political Economy of Images, by Terry Smith, London: Anthem, 2022. £80RRP, 236 pp. ISBN:9781839984358 Recently, while working in the Bernard Smith Collection at the State Library of Victoria, I came across an inscribed copy of The Architecture of Aftermath, a study of the aesthetic implications of the 9/11 attacks on the symbolic and functional architecture of the USA. Its author, Terry Smith, framed the attacks in terms of what he had formulated as the ‘iconomy in the era of contemporaneity’. Published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006, the inscription reads: ‘To Bernard, With all my respects & best wishes on your 90th birthday … Terry, 5/8/07’. Although unrelated, the elder Smith is here shown, as he often is, to be a kind of godfather figure for art history in Australia (he was 27 years older than Smith the younger), whereby he is being dutifully informed of the latest art histor- ical concepts by his protege: Iconomy, Contemporaneity. It is tempting to consider what the elder Smith might have thought of these terms. For his purpose, Smith the younger was

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Published: Jan 2, 2023

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