Performative monuments: The rematerialisation of public art by Mechtild WidrichPerformative monuments: The rematerialisation of public art by Mechtild Widrich

Performative monuments: The rematerialisation of public art

byMechtild Widrich

Paperback | May 31, 2014

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A man selling kebabs in the shadow of a papier mache tree; a woman standing with a small stage built around her breasts while people wait their turn to touch them; another woman projecting snapshots of Belgrade with the official buildings painted out: what do these events have in common? Allare works of public art. And all take a cue from the fugitive art of performance. The most forceful monuments of the last few decades, whether built to last on national malls or flashed as signs of protest, were in fact designed by performance artists. This book argues for the conceptual significance of performance, and of a performative model of art, to the revival of the public monument in the wake of the Second World War and the partition of Europe. Through detailed studies of artists working along these ideological fault lines, including ValieExport, Gunter Brus, Marina Abramovic, Sanja Ivekovic, Joseph Beuys, Jochen Gerz and Santiago Sierra, it argues that it is not the subjective, anti-authoritarian rhetoric of performance that makes it public art, but its power to build social bonds both personal and political. Readers interested incontemporary art, politics, photography and performance theory will find in this book new facts and arguments concerning their interrelation.
Mechtild Widrich is Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Vienna.
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Title:Performative monuments: The rematerialisation of public artFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:May 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719095913

ISBN - 13:9780719095917

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is a Performative Monument?
1. Documents
2. Audiences
3. Sites
4. Monuments
Conclusion: Relations
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Rigorously researched and argued, this important book will become required reading not only on the history and theory of performance art but also on the history of the 'performative' itself as it has transformed public art and commemoration." --Kirk Savage, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh