The different perspectives represented in this volume touch on art history and theory, curatorial practice, media art, philosophy, language, and transnational studies, and highlight artists’ narratives. Together, these interdisciplinary essays locate precariousness as an undercurrent in contemporary art and a connective tissue across diverse areas of knowledge and everyday life.
Caroline Menezes is an art writer who has been working for newspapers and cultural magazines in Latin America and the UK, such as Studio International, for which she has been part of the collaborator’s team since 2006. Her writings have also been included in books such as the 30XBienal – Transformations in Brazilian Art from the 1st to the 30th Edition (Bienal São Paulo, 2013). She is currently concluding her PhD degree in Art Theory at the University of the Arts London.
Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri is an artist and researcher who holds a PhD in Semiotics with a thesis on the role of chance in computer art. Currently, his research efforts are engaged in understanding how post-historical codes can be used to produce knowledge. This research is being conducted at both the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and the Gamification Lab at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany. His writings have been published in several books, of which the most recent is Von Begriff zum Bild: Medienkultur nach Vilém Flusser (Tectum Verlag Marburg, 2013).
The book has essays by Cristina Albu, Matthew Bowman, Gerard Choy, Andrés David Montenegro Rosero, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Sophie Halart, Ana Mannarino, Elize Mazadiego, Nicholas Pope, Friederike Sigler, and Florian Wiencek.
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion.
In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.
One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs." It begins with the famous "In Plato's Cave"essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching "Brief Anthology of Quotations."