Figuring it Out: What are We? Where Do We Come From?

Figuring it Out: What are We? Where Do We Come From?


By (author) Colin Renfrew

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 260mm x 20mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 23 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500286450
  • ISBN 13: 9780500286456
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 175 illustrations, 55 in colour
  • Sales rank: 525,072

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"Figuring It Out", new in paperback this autumn, is a compelling, richly illustrated analysis by a distinguished archaeologist of why the processes of archaeological investigation and discovery have been paralleled by the installations and art works of many artists, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Central to the exploration is a group of leading contemporary artists, including Richard Long, Mark Dion, Barry Flanagan, Antony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi and David Mach, whose works are notable for an engagement with our world.

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Author information

Professor Lord Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Among his previous books is Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Paul Bahn), also published by Thames & Hudson, and the standard textbook on the subject.

Table of contents

Introduction: What are We?; 1. Encounters: Art as archaeology, archaeology as art; 2. What is Art? The Tyranny of the Renaissance; 3. Off the Plinth: Display and Process; 4. The Human Condition: Being and Remembering; 5. The (al)Lure of the Artefact; 6. Baneful Signs: The Archaeology of Now.