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    DescriptionThe job of an art critic is to take perpetual inventory, constantly revising her ideas about the direction of contemporary art and the significance of the work she writes about. In these essays, which span three decades of assessment and reassessment, Rosalind Krauss considers what she has come to call the "post-medium condition" -- the abandonment by contemporary art of the modernist emphasis on the medium as the source of artistic significance. Jean-Franois Lyotard argued that the postmodern condition is characterized by the end of a "master narrative," and Krauss sees in the post-medium condition of contemporary art a similar farewell to coherence. The master narrative of contemporary art ended when conceptual art and other contemporary practices jettisoned the specific medium in order to juxtapose image and written text in the same work. For Krauss, this spells the end of serious art, and she devotes much of Perpetual Inventory to "wrest[ling] new media to the mat of specificity." Krauss also writes about artists who are reinventing the medium, artists who persevere in the service of a nontraditional medium ("strange new apparatuses" often adopted from commercial culture), among them Ed Ruscha, Christian Marclay, William Kentridge, and James Coleman.


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    Title
    Perpetual Inventory
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rosalind E. Krauss
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262518727
    ISBN 10: 0262518724
    Classifications

    LC classification: N
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.0
    BIC subject category V2: ABA
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25820
    DC22: 709.04
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    Abridged Dewey: 701
    BISAC V2.8: ART015110, ART015100
    BIC subject category V2: ACXJ8
    DC23: 709.0407
    Thema V1.0: AGA, ABA
    Illustrations note
    47 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    22 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Rosalind E. Krauss, University Professor at Columbia University and an editor and cofounder of October magazine, is the author of The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (1985), The Optical Unconscious (1993), The Picasso Papers (1999), and Bachelors (1999), all published by the MIT Press, and coauthor (with Yve-Alain Bois) of Formless: A User's Guide (Zone Books, 1997).
    Review quote
    "Krauss manages to instruct without sounding professorial... These essays are exacting in clarity even at their most lyrical and theoretical." Stephan Delbos The Prague Post