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A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings

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Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings
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Ambitious and interdisciplinary, this long-awaited collaboration is a landmark presentation of the writings of contemporary artists. These influential essays, inter-views, and critical and theoretical comments provide bold and fertile insights into the construction of visual knowledge. Featuring a wide range of leading and emerging artists since 1945, the collection - while comprehensive and authoritative - offers the reader some eclectic surprises as well. Included here are texts that have become pivotal documents in contemporary art, along with writings that cover unfamiliar ground. Some are newly translated, others have never before been published. Together they address visual literacy, cultural studies, and the theoretical debates regarding modernism and postmodernism. The full panoply of visual media is represented, from painting and sculpture to environments, installations, performance, conceptual art, video, photography, and virtual reality. Thematic concerns range from figuration and process to popular culture, art and technology, and politics and the media. Contemporary issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality are also addressed. Kristine Stile's general introduction i

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Preface General Introduction 1. Gestural Abstraction Peter Selz Jackson Pollock Barnett Newman Mark Rothko Robert Motherwell Helen Frankenthaler Joan Mitchell Cy Twombly David Smith Louise Bourgeois Alfred H. Barr Michel Tapie Wols Henri Michaux Lucio Fontana Emilio Vedova Alberto Burri Willi Baumeister Antoni Tapies Tadeusz Kantor Per Kirkeby Anselm Kiefer 2. GEOMETIC ABSTRACTION Introduction Max Bill Richard Paul Lhse Piero Manzoni Yves Klein Charles Biederman Ad Dekkers Ad Reinhardt Ellsworth Kelly Kenneth Noland Anne Truitt Anthony Caro Josef Albers Victor Vasarely Bridget Riley Frank Stella Donald Judd Carl Andre Dan Flavin Tony Smith Agnes Martin Brice Marden Daniel Buren Alfred Jensen Miriam Schapiro and Melissa Meyer Valerie Jaudon and Joyce Kozloff Peter Halley 3. FIGURATION Introduction Fernand Leger Renato Guttuso Max Beckmann Paul Tillich Jean-Paul Sartre Alberto Giacometti Jean Fautrier Jean Dubuffet Willem de Kooning Francis Bacon Constant Niewenhuys Karel Appel Willem Sandberg Alice Neel Romare Bearden Lucian Freud R.B. Kitaj David Hockney and Larry Rivers Michelangelo Pistoletto Philip Pearlstein Chuck Close Richard Estes Leon Golub Nancy Spero Arnulf Rainer Philip Guston Georg Baselitz Jorg Immendorff Magdalena Abakanowicz Francesco Clemente Susan Rothenberg Eric Frischl Julian Schnabel John Pitnam Weber Jesse Helms Robert Mapplethorpe Andres Serrano 4. MATERIAL CULTURE AND EVERYDAY LIFE Introduction Richard Hamilton Dieter Roth Oyvind Fahlstrom Pierre Bestany Daniel spoerri Niki de Saint-Phalle Pino Pascali Gerhard Richter Ion Grigorescu Tony Cragg Robert Rauschenberg Jasper Johns Bruce Conner George Brecht claes Oldenburg Roy Lichtenstein Andy Warhol James Rosenquist Lucas Samaras Ray Johnson Edward Ruscha Judy Chicago Faith Ringgold Jeff Donaldson Kieth Haring Kenny Scharf David Wojnarowicz Barbara Kruger Sherrie Levine Jeff Koons 5. ART AND TECHNOLOGY Introduction Nicholas Schoffer Gustav Metzger Jean Tinguely Takis Otto Piene Heinz Mack Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel Billy Kluver Mark Pauline Survival Research Laboratories Laurie Anderson Krzyszstof Wodiczko Stelarc Nam June Paik Douglas Davis Gerry Schum Frank Gillette Shigeko Kubota Bill Viola William Wegman Pete D'agostino Lynn Hershman Martha Rosler Myron W. Krueger Peter Weibel Jeffrey Shaw Roy Ascott 6. INSTALLATIONS, ENVIRONMENTS, AND SITES Introduction Joseph Cornell Frederick Kiesler Louise Nevelson Edward Kienholz Christian Boltanski ISamu Noguchi Eduardo Chillida Maya Lin Walter de Maria Robert Smithson Michael Heizer, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson Nancy Holt Agnes Denes Alan Sonfist Christo Gordon Matta-Clark Alice Aycock Charles Simonds Richard Long Helen Meyer Harrison and Newton Harrison Robert Irwin James Turrell 7. PROCESS Introduction Robert Morris Eva Hesse Nancy Graves Richard Serra Bruce Nauman Robert Ryman Richard Tuttle Barry Le Va Sam Gilliam, Jr. Lynda Benglis Mierle Lademan Ukeles Ann Hamilton and Kathryn Clark Martin Puryear Mark Thompson Joseph Beuys Franz Erhard Walther Rebecca Horn Barry Flanagan Jan Dibbets Germano Celant Jannis Kounellis Mario Merz Giuseppe Penone Pinchas Cohen Gan 8. PERFORMANCE ART Introduction Jiro Yoshihara Georges Mathieu Situationist International Guy Debord John Cage Allan Kaprow Carolee Schneemann Jean-Jacques Lebel Raphael Montanez Ortiz Wolf Vostell George Maciunas Dick Higgins Ben Vautier Robert Filliou Yoko Ono Milan Knizak Jarzy Beres Hermann Nitsch Otto Muhl Otto Muhl and the AA Commune Gunter Brus Valie Export Ulkricke Rosenbach Marina Ambramovic and Ulay Vito Acconci Chris Burden Eleanor Antin tom Marioni Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh Suzanne Lacy Adrian Piper Cindy Sherman Karen Finely James Luna 9. LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTS Introduction Marcel Duchamp Henry Flynt Sol Lewitt Mel Bochner Dan Graham Seth Siegellaub Robert Barry Lawrence Weiner Douglas Huebler Joseph Kosuth Zoran Popovic Art & Language Victor Burgin Mary Kelly Stanley Brouwn Vincenzo Agnetti John Latham Marcel Broodthaers Hans Haacke Laus Staeke Herve Fischer Jenny Holzer John Baldessari Group Material NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

Author Biography

Kristine Stiles is Associate Professor of Art History, Duke University. She has written widely on contemporary art and is a practicing artist. Peter Selz is Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Berkeley. Among his many books are German Expressionist Painting (California, 1957) and Art in Our Times (1981).
Release date Australia
April 18th, 1996
Edited by Kristine Stiles Edited by Peter Selz
Country of Publication
United States
111 b&w illustrations, photographs
University of California Press
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