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Relational Art A Guided Tour

Relational Art A Guided Tour

Author: Craig Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Taking place in the skies over London, the plazas of Rotterdam, and the hallways of museums worldwide, a new kind of art has emerged since the 1990s. Known as Relational Art, this controversial practice features audience participation in ways never before realised, often using new media and social networking. In this book, academic and artist Craig Smith outlines a rigorous theory of Relational Art, explaining why audience interaction and collective art production has become so relevant. He traces the movement from its beginnings with the Traffic exhibition and Nicolas Bourriaud's treatise Relational Aesthetics to the diverse and international scope of Relational Art today. Moving through a range of case studies, such as Olafur Eliasson's iconic Weather Project at Tate Modern, this book also reveals how Relational Art has affected the aesthetic, theoretical and economic forces shaping 21st century art. Craig Smith brings together ideas from artists, art critics, curators, philosophers and audience members to illuminate how Relational Art works are conceived, realised and experienced.Through a guided tour of thought-provoking and influential works, he demonstrates that Relational Art has permanently altered the nature of art and its global audiences.

A Concise Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

A Concise Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

Author: Richard Kostelanetz Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2019

For a concise edition of his legendary arts dictionary of information and opinion, the distinguished critic and arts historian Richard Kostelanetz selects entries from the 2018 third edition. Typically he provides intelligence unavailable anywhere else, no less in print than online, about a wealth of subjects and individuals. Focused upon what is truly innovative and excellent, Kostelanetz also ranges widely with insight and surprise, including appreciations of artistic athletes such as Muhammad Ali and the Harlem Globetrotters and such collective creations as Las Vegas and his native New York City. Continuing the traditions of cheeky high-style Dictionarysts, honoring Ambrose Bierce and Samuel Johnson (both with individual entries), Kostelanetz offers a reference book to be enjoyed, not only in bits and chunks but continuously as one of the ten books someone would take if he or she planned to be stranded on a desert isle.

A Concise Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

A Concise Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

Author: Richard Kostelanetz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2019

For a concise edition of his legendary arts dictionary of information and opinion, the distinguished critic and arts historian Richard Kostelanetz selects entries from the 2018 third edition. Typically he provides intelligence unavailable anywhere else, no less in print than online, about a wealth of subjects and individuals. Focused upon what is truly innovative and excellent, Kostelanetz also ranges widely with insight and surprise, including appreciations of artistic athletes such as Muhammad Ali and the Harlem Globetrotters and such collective creations as Las Vegas and his native New York City. Continuing the traditions of cheeky high-style Dictionarysts, honoring Ambrose Bierce and Samuel Johnson (both with individual entries), Kostelanetz offers a reference book to be enjoyed, not only in bits and chunks but continuously as one of the ten books someone would take if he or she planned to be stranded on a desert isle.

Museumsfuhrer - Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon Fuhrer durch die standige Sammlung im Zwinger

Museumsfuhrer - Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon Fuhrer durch die standige Sammlung im Zwinger

Author: Peter Plassmeyer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2019

Im April oeffnet der Mathematisch-Physikalische Salon in Dresden nach sechsjahrigen Sanierungs- und Restaurierungsarbeiten wieder seine Pforten mit einer neuen Sammlungskonzeption. August der Starke errichtete 1728 das 'Koenigliche Cabinet der mathematischen und physikalischen Instrumente' als eigenstandiges Museum im Zwinger, um den Wissensdurst zu stillen und dem furstlichen Bedurfnis nach Reprasentation Genuge zu tun. Bis heute beherbergt der Salon zahlreiche Prunkstucke der weltberuhmten Sammlung historischer Uhren und wissenschaftlicher Instrumente. Dazu gehoeren Erd- und Himmelsgloben, faszinierende optische, astronomische und geodatische Gerate sowie historische Hilfsmittel zum Rechnen, Zeichnen und Messen.

Cinemagritte Rene Magritte within the Frame of Film History, Theory, and Practice

Cinemagritte Rene Magritte within the Frame of Film History, Theory, and Practice

Author: Lucy Fischer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Cinemagritte: Rene Magritte within the Frame of Film History, Theory, and Practice investigates the dynamic relationship between the Surrealist modernist artist Rene Magritte (1898-1967) and the cinema-a topic largely ignored in the annals of film and art criticism. Magritte once said that he used cinema as a trampoline for the imagination, but here author Lucy Fischer reverses that process by using Magritte's work as a stimulus for an imaginative examination of film. While Fischer considers direct influences of film on Magritte and Magritte on film, she concentrates primarily on resonances of Magritte's work in international cinema-both fiction and documentary, mainstream and experimental. These resonances exist for several reasons. First, Magritte was a lover of cinema and created works as homages to the medium, such as Blue Cinema (1925), which immortalized his childhood movie theater. Second, Magritte's style, though dependent on bizarre juxtapositions, was characterized by surface realism-which ties it to the nature of the photographic and cinematic image. Third, Magritte shares with film a focus on certain significant concepts: the frame, voyeurism, illusionism, the relation between word and image, the face, montage, variable scale, and flexible point of view. Additionally, the volume explores art documentaries concerning Magritte as well as the artist's whimsical amateur home movies, made with his wife, Georgette, friends, and Belgian Surrealist associates. The monograph is richly illustrated with some forty images of Magritte's oeuvre as well as fifty film stills from such diverse works as The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Eyes Without a Face, American Splendor, The Blood of a Poet, Zorns Lemma, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Draughtsman's Contract, and many more. Cinemagritte brings a novel and creative approach to the work of Magritte and both film and art criticism. Students, scholars, and fans of art history and film will enjoy this thoughtful marriage of the two.

Cinemagritte Rene Magritte within the Frame of Film History, Theory, and Practice

Cinemagritte Rene Magritte within the Frame of Film History, Theory, and Practice

Author: Lucy Fischer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Cinemagritte: Rene Magritte within the Frame of Film History, Theory, and Practice investigates the dynamic relationship between the Surrealist modernist artist Rene Magritte (1898-1967) and the cinema-a topic largely ignored in the annals of film and art criticism. Magritte once said that he used cinema as a trampoline for the imagination, but here author Lucy Fischer reverses that process by using Magritte's work as a stimulus for an imaginative examination of film. While Fischer considers direct influences of film on Magritte and Magritte on film, she concentrates primarily on resonances of Magritte's work in international cinema-both fiction and documentary, mainstream and experimental. These resonances exist for several reasons. First, Magritte was a lover of cinema and created works as homages to the medium, such as Blue Cinema (1925), which immortalized his childhood movie theater. Second, Magritte's style, though dependent on bizarre juxtapositions, was characterized by surface realism-which ties it to the nature of the photographic and cinematic image. Third, Magritte shares with film a focus on certain significant concepts: the frame, voyeurism, illusionism, the relation between word and image, the face, montage, variable scale, and flexible point of view. Additionally, the volume explores art documentaries concerning Magritte as well as the artist's whimsical amateur home movies, made with his wife, Georgette, friends, and Belgian Surrealist associates. The monograph is richly illustrated with some forty images of Magritte's oeuvre as well as fifty film stills from such diverse works as The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Eyes Without a Face, American Splendor, The Blood of a Poet, Zorns Lemma, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Draughtsman's Contract, and many more. Cinemagritte brings a novel and creative approach to the work of Magritte and both film and art criticism. Students, scholars, and fans of art history and film will enjoy this thoughtful marriage of the two.

Going Nowhere, Slow The aesthetics and politics of depression

Going Nowhere, Slow The aesthetics and politics of depression

Author: Mikkel Krause Frantzen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Using examples from art and literature, Frantzen explores the social, political and economic implications of both real and imagined depression. Is feeling blue a symptom of the death of progress? Was the suicide of David Foster Wallace a proverbial canary in a coal mine? Margaret Thatcher once declared that there is no alternative to the social order that we now reside within. Have we accepted her slogan as a fact, and is that why so many are on Prozac and other anti-depressants? Frantzen examines the works of Michel Houellebecq, Claire Fontaine and David Foster Wallace as he seeks out an answer and a way to formulate a new future oriented left movement.

More than One Picture - An Art History of the Hyperimage

More than One Picture - An Art History of the Hyperimage

Author: Felix Thurlemann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2019

In exhibitions, illustrated art books, and classrooms, artworks or their photographic reproductions are arranged as calculated ensembles that have their own importance. In this volume, Felix Thurlemann develops a theory of this type of image use, arguing that with each new gathering of images, an art object is reinterpreted. These hyperimages have played a major role in the history of art since the seventeenth century, and the main actors of the art world are all hyperimage creators. In part because the hyperimage is not permanently available, this interplay of images has been largely unexplored. Through case studies organized within three groups of producers-collectors and curators, art historians, and artists-Thurlemann proposes a theory of the hyperimage, explores the semiotic nature of this plural image use, and discusses the arrangement and interpretation of such pictures in order to illuminate the phenomenon of Western image culture from the beginning of the seventeenth century until today. His analysis of the ways in which images are assembled and associated provides a crucial context for the explosive present-day deployment of images on digital devices.

Eternal Ilya Kuvshinov Illustration Works

Eternal Ilya Kuvshinov Illustration Works

Author: Ilya Kuvshinov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2019

Post-Socialist Political Graffiti in the Balkans and Central Europe

Post-Socialist Political Graffiti in the Balkans and Central Europe

Author: Mitja Velikonja Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2019

This theoretically and empirically grounded book uses case studies of political graffiti in the post-socialist Balkans and Central Europe to explore the use of graffiti as a subversive political media. Despite the increasing global digitisation, graffiti remains widespread and popular, providing with a few words or images a vivid visual indication of cultural conditions, social dynamics and power structures in a society, and provoking a variety of reactions. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as detailed interdisciplinary analyses of patriotic , extreme-right, soccer-fan, nostalgic, and chauvinist graffiti and street art, it looks at why and by whom graffiti is used as political media, and to/against whom is it directed? The book theorises discussions of political graffiti and street art to show different methodological approaches from four perspectives; context, author, the work itself, and audience. It will be of interest to the growing body of literature focussing on (sub)cultural studies in the contemporary Balkans, transitology, visual cultural studies, art theory, anthropology, sociology and studies of radical politics.

Andere Horizonte Ostdeutsche Nachkriegsmoderne im Schatten des Sozialistischen Realismus

Andere Horizonte Ostdeutsche Nachkriegsmoderne im Schatten des Sozialistischen Realismus

Author: Anna-Carola Krausse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2019

Die reich illustrierte Monographie widmet sich erstmals umfanglich kunstlerischen Positionen in der DDR der funfziger und sechziger Jahre, die im heutigen Kanon und oeffentlichen Bewusstsein kaum mehr prasent sind. Im Zentrum stehen Kunstler, die wiederholt dem Vorwurf des Formalismus ausgesetzt waren. Die Darstellung dieser fruhen Kunstopposition (die nicht zwangslaufig mit einer politischen einherging) fuhrt eindringlich vor Augen, wie ziel- und selbstsicher die Maler und Graphiker an der Autonomie der Kunst festhielten, als die Machthaber der kulturstalinistischen Ulbricht-AEra nach einem staatskonformen Sozialistischen Realismus verlangten. Kunstler wie Achim Freyer, Dieter Goltzsche, Hanfried Schulz oder Horst Zickelbein suchten den Anschluss sowohl an die Klassische als auch zeitgenoessische internationale Moderne und trugen durch ihr beharrliches Austesten und mutiges UEberschreiten gesteckter Grenzen sukzessive zu einer Weitung des kunstlerischen Korsetts bei. Die Untersuchung reprasentativer Bilder sowie die Vorstellung beispielhafter Werkgenesen von annahernd 30 Kunstlern ermoeglichen einen differenzierten Blick auf das Schaffen in der DDR, bei dem weniger die Kunstpolitik als vielmehr das Kunstwerk selbst Gegenstand der Befragung und Bewertung ist.

American Pop Art in France Politics of the Transatlantic Image

American Pop Art in France Politics of the Transatlantic Image

Author: Liam Considine Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2019

Pop art was essential to the Americanization of global art in the 1960s, yet it engendered resistance and adaptation abroad in equal measure, especially in Paris. From the end of the Algerian War of Independence and the opening of Ileana Sonnabend's gallery for American Pop art in Paris in 1962, to the silkscreen poster workshops of May '68, this book examines critical adaptations of Pop motifs and pictorial devices across French painting, graphic design, cinema and protest aesthetics. Liam Considine argues that the transatlantic dispersion of Pop art gave rise to a new politics of the image that challenged Americanization and prefigured the critiques and contradictions of May `68.