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Artforum by César Aira

Title Artforum
Author César Aira
Publisher New Directions Publishing
Release 2020-03-31
Category Fiction
Total Pages 80
ISBN 0811229270
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One man’s obsession with Artforum magazine takes us on a hilarious journey to the ultimate meaning of the very creation of art Artforum is certainly one of César Aira’s most charming, quirky, and funny books to date. Consisting of a series of interrelated stories about his compulsion to collect Artforum magazine, this is not about art so much as it is about passionate obsession. At first we follow our hapless collector from magazine shops to used bookstores hunting for copies of Artforum. A friend alerts him to a copy somewhere and he obsesses about actually going to get it—will the shop be open, will the copy already be sold? Finally he takes out a subscription, but then it never comes, so he hounds the mailman. There’s the day his stash of Artforums gets rained on, but only one absorbs the water. And interspersed is a wacky chapter about the mystery of the broken clothespins. “How weird.” “How crazy.”

Title Artforum
Author
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Release 1976
Category Art
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Artforum International
Author
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Release 2003
Category Art
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Artforum Essays by Vilém Flusser

Title Artforum Essays
Author Vilém Flusser
Publisher
Release 2017-06-19
Category Art
Total Pages 340
ISBN 9780993327230
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A collection of twenty eight essays written by the philosopher Vilem Flusser for Artforum Magazine, NY. All essays were published between 1986 and 1992. The essays are accompanied by thirty-two colour images of artworks by international artists and designers. The book is edited by Martha Schwendener who writes for the New York Times and Artforum.

Artists in the Audience by Greg Taylor

Title Artists in the Audience
Author Greg Taylor
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release 2001-08-26
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 198
ISBN 9780691089553
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How have popular American films influenced film criticism and intellectual thinking. This book shows that critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be moulded into a more radical modernism.

Title A Picturesque Stroll Around Clara Clara
Author Richard Serra
Publisher Rizzoli International Publications
Release 1988
Category Drawing, Abstract
Total Pages 365
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Critical essays accompany a selection of the San Francisco-born sculptor's works and discuss the controversy surrounding his sculpture

Bruce Nauman by Bruce Nauman

Title Bruce Nauman
Author Bruce Nauman
Publisher JHU Press
Release 2002-05-29
Category Art
Total Pages 394
ISBN 9780801869068
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"From the beginning I was trying to see if I could make art that did that. Art that was just there all at once. Like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat. Or better yet, like getting hit in the back of the neck. You never see it coming; it just knocks you down. I like that idea very much: the kind of intensity that doesn't give you any trace of whether you're going to like it or not."—Bruce Nauman "Bruce Nauman's art is about heightened awareness, awareness of spaces we usually don't notice (the one under the chair, out of which he made a sculpture) and sounds we don't listen for (the one in the coffin), awareness of emotions we suppress or dread... It's hard to feel indifferent to work like his."—Michael Kimmelman, New York Times One of America's most important artists, Bruce Nauman has worked in a dazzling variety of media since the mid-1960s: sculpture, photography, performance, installation, sound, holography, film, and video. What has been a constant throughout his career, however, is his persistence in exploring both art as an investigation of the self and the power of language to define that self. The latest volume in the acclaimed Art + Performance series is the first book to combine the key critical writings on Nauman with the artist's own writings and interviews with him, as well as images of his work. Bruce Nauman offers a multifaceted portrait of an artist whose determination to experiment with style and form has created a body of work as eclectic and perhaps more influential than that of any other living American artist.

The Modern Moves West by Richard Candida Smith

Title The Modern Moves West
Author Richard Candida Smith
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release 2012-05-28
Category History
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780812207941
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1921 Sam Rodia, an Italian laborer and tile setter, started work on an elaborate assemblage in the backyard of his home in Watts, California. The result was an iconic structure now known as the Watts Towers. Rodia created a work that was original, even though the resources available to support his project were virtually nonexistent. Each of his limitations—whether of materials, real estate, finances, or his own education—passed through his creative imagination to become a positive element in his work. In The Modern Moves West, accomplished cultural historian Richard Cándida Smith contends that the Watts Towers provided a model to succeeding California artists that was no longer defined through a subordinate relationship to the artistic capitals of New York and Paris. Tracing the development of abstract painting, assemblage art, and efforts to build new arts institutions, Cándida Smith lays bare the tensions between the democratic and professional sides of modern and contemporary art as California developed a distinct regional cultural life. Men and women from groups long alienated—if not forcibly excluded—from the worlds of "high culture" made their way in, staking out their participation with images and objects that responded to particular circumstances as well as dilemmas of contemporary life, in the process changing the public for whom art was made. Beginning with the emergence of modern art in nineteenth-century France and its influence on young Westerners and continuing through to today's burgeoning border art movement along the U.S.-Mexican frontier, The Modern Moves West dramatically illustrates the paths that California artists took toward a more diverse and inclusive culture.

Looking Critically by Amy Baker Sandback

Title Looking Critically
Author Amy Baker Sandback
Publisher
Release 1984
Category Art criticism
Total Pages 342
ISBN 9780835715492
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Doubt by Richard Shiff

Title Doubt
Author Richard Shiff
Publisher Routledge
Release 2012-04-23
Category Art
Total Pages 216
ISBN 113587221X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In an age where art history’s questions are now expected to receive answers, Richard Shiff presents a challenging alternative. In this essential new addition to James Elkins’s series Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts, Richard Shiff embraces doubt as a critical tool and asks how particular histories of art have come to be. Shiff’s turn to doubt is not a retreat to relativism, but rather an insistence on clear thinking about art. In particular, Shiff takes issue with the style of self-referential art writing seemingly 'licensed' by Roland Barthes. With an introduction by Rosie Bennett, Doubt is a study of the tension between practicing art and practicing criticism.

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