Art Is a Problem : Selected Criticism, Essays, Interviews and Curatorial Projects (1986-2011)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 03/31/2014
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc

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This volume of selected essays, interviews, reviews and curatorial texts, spanning the 1986-2011 period, represents a significant part of Joshua Decter's ongoing work as a critic, curator and educator. In fact, the writings presented here--as edited by John Miller--form a discourse that engages the interrelationship of these vocations. Decter rejects the conventional form-content dichotomy; rather, he views the artwork from a public perspective and consistently probes its placement in a cultural continuum, and the social relations organized around it. Among the topics Decter addresses in Art Is a Problemare: institutional critique, the relationship between art and politics, the privatization of the public sphere and curatorial practices. "If art is a problem," he says, "this book does not claim to be the solution a more difficult question to consider is whether art ever did pose any problems--and what criteria would we use to measure this?"

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