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The desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers and into the role of producers is one of the hallmarks of 20th century art. Published in the "Documents of Contemporary Art" series, this title collects texts that place this artistic development in historical and theoretical context including essays by Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes, Peter Burger, Jean-Luc Nancy, Edouard Glissant, Felix Guattari and Jacques Ranciere. The book also includes central writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica, Joseph Beuys, Adrian Piper, Thomas Hirschhorn and Rirkrit Tiravanija, and features recent critical and curatorial debates, with discussions by Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hal Foster and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. This work includes essays by Roland Barthes, Joseph Beuys, Nicolas Bourriaud, Peter Burger, Graciela Carnevale, Lygia Clark, Collective Actions, Eda Cufer, Guy Debord, Jeremy Deller, Umberto Eco, Hal Foster, Edouard Glissant, Group Material, Felix Guattari, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Holler, Allan Kaprow, Lars Bang Larsen, Jean-Luc Nancy, Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Helio Oiticica, Adrian Piper, Jacques Ranciere, Dirk Schwarze, and Rirkrit more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 145 x 210 x 24mm | 563g
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No illustrations
  • 0854881476
  • 9780854881475
  • 68,413

Table of contents

Introduction; Theoretical Frameworks; Artists' Writings; Critical and Curatorial Positions; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Index; more

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"A rigorous introduction to debates on the relations between art and society, community and collective agency, from the rise of socially based art in the 1960s to the present... What is an authentic concept of contemporary democracy, and how can art address it? What is the social value of participatory authorship, and what are the aesthetic limits of the social turn in art? These are crucial questions today, and this is an inexhaustible resource for those who want to answer them." - Viktor Misiano, Curator and Chief Editor of Moscow Art Magazine "Claire Bishop has distilled an opinionated treasury of analytical writings, empirical narration, and curatorial criticism. Her editorial enterprise results in a volume that lays out key concepts intrinsic to recent participatory art practices and illuminates a cross-section of social dynamics such practices activate and express." - Julie Ault, artist, co-founder of Group Materialshow more

About Claire Bishop

Claire Bishop is the author of 'Installation Art: A Critical History' and a contributor to many art journals, including Artforum, Flash Art, and October. She is a Lecturer in History of Art at the University of more

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