Writing Art

Writing Art

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This is the first volume in a series, published in association with the Kent Institute of Art and Design. Each volume creates a site between academic scholarship and other forms, modes and genres of writing including essays in imaging in photography and other textual forms. In this volume, art is viewed as a presentation, not a re-presentation, of theory. The relationship between them is perceived as symbiotic. The interplay across art and theory is understood as contiguous, not homogeneous: neither are defined in terms of content or form but, rather, through a series of questions and arguments concerning their identity, however contingent or provisional, within cultural production and institutions of culture. Art criticism is perceived, here, as a place where art's meanings and definitions are transmitted, fixed, disputed and changed through interpretation and commentary, words and images. "ACT" argues that serious art writing is only possible through drawing on a multiplicity of intellectual models and modes which include critical theory and literature.
Each volume in the "ACT" series will provide new opportunities for discussing and determining the ever-changing boundaries between art, criticism and theory. "ACT 1" explores the conundrum posed when the pre-positions "about" or "on" are abandoned in an encounter with art and its representations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 28.19mm | 331g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w photographs, line drawings
  • 0745310567
  • 9780745310565

Table of contents

Telling it the way it is, Marysia Lewandowska; thinking art beyond traditional aesthetics, Andrew Benjamin; the spirit and the letter and the evil eye, Martha Fleming; new measures, Guy Brett; fictions and history - the books of Christian Boltanski, Mark Durden; in between - the school of oppositions, Alexia Defert; autobiographies - subjectivities and selves, Janis Jeffries; ghost writing, John Gange with Janet Hand and Performance South West; an aesthetic of disappointment, Joan Key with Juliet Steyn; fiction, art, writing, Jean-Paul Martinon and Lynn MacRitchie; "Who is Buried in Desk Murder?", John Goto; the death of the subject and its executions, Giuseppe Mastruzzo; future works, Chris Want; feast parts III - document for civilisation (works in progress), Sarah Jacobs.
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About Juliet Steyn

Juliet Steyn is course leader of the MA in Art, Criticism and Theory at the School of Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design, and has written widely on aspects of art theory.
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