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Part of the acclaimed 'Documents of Contemporary Art' series of anthologies.

This title explores the desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers and into the role of producers. Participation begins with writings that provide a theoretical framework for relational art, with essays by Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes, Peter Burger, Jean-Luc Nancy, Edouard Glissant, Felix Guattari, as well as the first translation into English of Jacques Ranciere's influential `Problems and Transformations in Critical Art'. This anthology also includes central writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica, Joseph Beuys, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and features recent critical and curatorial debates, with discussions by Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hal Foster and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 20mm | 510g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No illustrations
  • 0854881476
  • 9780854881475
  • 77,210

Table of contents

Introduction; Theoretical Frameworks; Artists' Writings; Critical and Curatorial Positions; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.
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Review quote

"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 Material
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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.
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