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An updated edition of the hugely successful original anthology that captures the essence and the edge of the contemporary art scene. Reedited to include new essays that cover todays topics such as new media and repatriation, this volume brings together a broad selection of important contributions that map out the role that critical theory has played in contemporary art.
Zoya Kocur is an independent scholar based in New York. She has taught at New York University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the former Associate Curator of Education at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her publications include Global Visual Cultures: An Anthology (2011) and, as co-editor, Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (1996).
Simon Leung is an artist based in New York and Los Angeles, and Professor of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine, where he heads the New Genres area. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennale, and the Guangzhou Triennial.
Table of Contents
Text, Figure, and Plate Credits viii
How To Use this Book xvi
Notes on Contributors xix
Part I The Field of Contemporary Art 7
1 The Intellectual Field: A World Apart (1990) 13 Pierre Bourdieu
2 When Form Has Become Attitude – And Beyond (1994) 21 Thierry de Duve
3 One Place After Another: Notes on Site Specifi city (1997) 34 Miwon Kwon
4 Biennials without Borders? (2009) 56 Chin-Tao Wu
5 Periodising Contemporary Art (2009) 64 Alexander Alberro
6 Contemporary Art and the Politics of Aesthetics (2009) 72 Jacques Rancière
Part II Practices and Models/Rethinking Form and Medium 87
7 A Note on Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977 (1989) 94 Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
8 Notes on Surface: Toward a Genealogy of Flatness (2000) 102 David Joselit
9 Informe without Conclusion (1996) 118 Rosalind Krauss
10 Video Projection: The Space Between Screens 131 Liz Kotz
11 How to Provide an Artistic Service: An Introduction (1994) 146 Andrea Fraser
12 Conversation Pieces: The Role of Dialogue in Socially-Engaged Art (2003) 153 Grant Kester
13 Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics (2004) 166 Claire Bishop
Part III Culture/Identities/Political Agency 195
14 The War on Culture (1990) 203 Carole S. Vance
15 AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism (2002) 211 Douglas Crimp
16 Architecture of the Evicted (1990) 220 Rosalyn Deutsche
17 Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion (1993) 235 Judith Butler
18 Looking for Trouble (1993) 252 Kobena Mercer
19 The Mythology of Difference: Vulgar Identity Politics at the Whitney Biennial (1993) 263 Charles A. Wright, Jr.
20 Haunted TV (1992) 280 Avital Ronell
21 The Architecture of Porn: Museum, Urban Detritus, and Cinematic Stag-rooms (2012) 289 Beatriz Preciado
22 Cultural Workers as Organic Intellectuals (2008) 299 Chantal Mouffe
Part IV Postcolonial Critiques 309
23 The Marco Polo Syndrome: Some Problems around Art and Eurocentrism (1993) 314 Gerardo Mosquera
24 In the “Heart of Darkness” (1993) 322 Olu Oguibe
25 The Syncretic Turn: Cross-Cultural Practices in the Age of Multiculturalism (1996) 329 Jean Fisher
26 Authenticity, Refl exivity, and Spectacle: Or, the Rise of New Asia is not the End of the World (2004) 338 Lee Weng Choy
27 All-Owning Spectatorship (1991) 354 Trinh T. Minh-Ha
28 Ruins, Fragmentation, and the Chinese Modern/Postmodern (1998) 371 Wu Hung
Part V Art Subjects/Historical Subjects 381
29 Re-politicizing Art, Theory, Representation and New Media Technology (2008) 388 Marina Gr?ini?
30 Miming the Master: Boy-Things, Bad Girls, and Femmes Vitales (1996) 395 Mary Kelly
31 Zones of Indistinction: Giorgio Agamben’s ‘Bare Life’ and the Politics of Aesthetics (2009) 416 Anthony Downey
32 The Database (2001) 435 Lev Manovich
33 For the Love of Abstraction (2008) 455 Blake Stimson
34 The Politics of Sustainability: Art and Ecology (2009) 466 T. J. Demos
Appendix: Letters and Responses
Contingent Factors: A Response to Claire Bishop’s “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” 486 Liam Gillick