Thomas Hirschhorn: A New Political Understanding of Art? by Christina BraunThomas Hirschhorn: A New Political Understanding of Art? by Christina Braun

Thomas Hirschhorn: A New Political Understanding of Art?

byChristina Braun

Paperback | March 6, 2018

Pricing and Purchase Info

$43.36 online 
$62.00 list price
Earn 217 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores

about

Thomas Hirschhorn, a leading installation artist whose work is owned and exhibited by modern art museums throughout Europe and the United States, is known for compelling, often site-specific and interactive environments tackling issues of critical theory, global politics, and consumerism. His work initially engages the viewer through sheer superabundance. Combining found images and texts, bound up in handcrafted constructions of cardboard, foil, and packing tape, the artworks reflect the intellectual scavenging and sensory overload that characterize our own attempts to grapple with the excess of information in daily life.

Christina Braun, the first to compile and systematically analyze the extensive source material on this artist’s theoretical principles, sheds light on the complicated yet constitutive relations between Hirschhorn’s work and theory. Her study, now translated into English, makes a major contribution to the study of contemporary art.
CHRISTINA BRAUN received her PhD from the University of Cologne, Germany. She has been a freelance curator for the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and is currently working for documenta 14.
Loading
Title:Thomas Hirschhorn: A New Political Understanding of Art?Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:Dartmouth College PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1512601632

ISBN - 13:9781512601633

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
Objectives and Structure
On the Sources
On the Current Status of Research
On the Method
PART 1: THE ARTIST’S THEORY AS A SOURCE AND OBJECT OF ANALYSIS
The Phenomenon of Artists’ Theories: A Historical Outline
Forms and Functions of Modern Artists’ Theories
On the Concept of the Artist’s Theory
The Platonic Topos of the Irrelevance of the Artist’s Theory
Four Theses on the Artist’s Theory as a Source and Object of Analysis
PART 2: AN INTERPRETATIVE PRESENTATION OF THE ARTIST’S THEORY
Formal and Rhetorical Stylistic Means
Characteristics and Function
Hirschhorn’s Understanding of Art: Central Concepts and Ideas
The Formation of Hirschhorn’s Theory in the Context of His Evolution as an Artist
PART 3: ANALYZING THOMAS HIRSCHHORN’S ARTIST’S THEORY
On the Iconography of Material
Critical Notes on the Process of Production
Hirschhorn’s Aesthetic-Political Concept of Work
“Constructing the Unconstructible”: “The Spirit of Utopia” in Thomas Hirschhorn’s Theory
Hirschhorn’s Elective Affinities: Genealogical System or Ingenious Self-Stylization?
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“I know of few artists working in the expanded field of cultural production today whose passion for art matches that of the peerless Thomas Hirschhorn. Here is an artist who truly loves art, and whose love for the work of art ultimately drives the potent political charge that is so defining of his oeuvre. It takes some scholarly passion to parallel Hirschhorn’s energy in critical, discursive terms—which Christina Braun’s book has in spades. A tour de force.” - Dieter Roelstraete, curator, University of Chicago