Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings

EditorAlexander Alberro, Blake StimsonIntroduction byAlexander Alberro

September 30, 2011|
Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings by Alexander Alberro
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An anthology of writings and projects by artists who developed and extended the genre of institutional critique.

"Institutional critique” is an artistic practice that reflects critically on its own housing in galleries and museums and on the concept and social function of art itself. Such concerns have always been a part of modern art but took on new urgency at the end of the 1960s, when—driven by the social upheaval of the time and enabled by the tools and techniques of conceptual art—institutional critique emerged as a genre. This anthology traces the development of institutional critique as an artistic concern from the 1960s to the present by gathering writings and representative art projects of artists from across Europe and throughout the Americas who developed and extended the genre. The texts and artworks included are notable for the range of perspectives and positions they reflect and for their influence in pushing the boundaries of what is meant by institutional critique. Like Alberro and Stimson''s Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology this volume will shed new light on its subject through its critical and historical framing. Even readers already familiar with institutional critique will come away from this book with a greater and often redirected understanding of its significance.

Artists represented include
Wieslaw Borowski, Daniel Buren, Marcel Broodthaers, Groupe de Recherche d''Art Visuel, Hans Haacke, Robert Smithson, John Knight, Graciela Carnevale, Osvaldo Mateo Boglione, Guerilla Art Action Group, Art Workers'' Coalition, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Michael Asher, Mel Ramsden, Adrian Piper, The Guerrilla Girls, Laibach, Silvia Kolbowski, Andrea Fraser, Fred Wilson, Mark Dion, Maria Eichhorn, Critical Art Ensemble, Bureau d''Études, WochenKlausur, The Yes Men, Hito Steyerl, Andreas Siekmann.

Alexander Alberro is Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College. He is the author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity and the coeditor of Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology, both published by The MIT Press.Blake Stimson is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. He is the ...
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Title:Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:512 pages, 9 X 7 X 0.97 in
Shipping dimensions:512 pages, 9 X 7 X 0.97 in
Published:September 30, 2011
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262516648

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