On the Museum's Ruins

Paperback | March 27, 1995

byDouglas CrimpPhotographed byLouise Lawler

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On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through analyses of art practices broadly conceived, not only the practices of artists -- Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine, and Robert Mapplethorpe -- but those of critics and curators, of international exhibitions, and of new or refurbished museums such as the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

The essays:

- Photographs at the End of Modernism.

- On the Museum's Ruins.

- The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject.

- The End of Painting.

- The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism.

- Appropriating Appropriation.

- Redefining Site Specificity.

- This is Not a Museum of Art.

- The Art of Exhibition.

- The Postmodern Museum.

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On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through...

Douglas Crimp is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester. He is the author of On the Museum's Ruins and Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, both published by the MIT Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.5 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:March 27, 1995Publisher:The MIT Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262531267

ISBN - 13:9780262531269

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Literate and provocative speculations about art, photography, postmodernism, homoeroticism, Rauchenberg and Mapplethorpe, museums and libraries.