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Failure (Documents of Contemporary Art)

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Amid the global uncertainties of our times, failure has become a central subject of investigation in recent art. Celebrating failed promises and myths of the avant-garde, or setting out to realize seemingly impossible tasks, artists have actively claimed the space of failure to propose a resistant view of the world. Here success is deemed overrated, doubt embraced, experimentation encouraged, and risk considered a viable strategy. The abstract possibilities opened up by failure are further reinforced by the problems of physically realizing artworks--wrestling with ideas, representation, and object-making. By amplifying both theoretical and practical failure, artists have sought new, unexpected ways of opening up endgame situations, ranging from the ideological shadow of the white cube to unfulfilled promises of political emancipation. Between the two subjective poles of success and failure lies a space of potentially productive operations where paradox rules and dogma is refused. This collection of writings, statements, mediations, fictions, polemics, and discussions identifies failure as a core concern in cultural production. Failure identifies moments of thought that have eschewed consensus, choosing to address questions rather than answers.Artists surveyed include Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Phil Collins, Martin Creed, David Critchley, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Félix González-Torres, Wade Guyton, International Necronautical Society, Ray Johnson, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Michael Krebber, Bruce Nauman, Simon Patterson, Janette Parris, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Allen Ruppersberg, Roman Signer, Annika Ström, Paul Thek, William WegmanWriters include Giorgio Agamben, Samuel Beckett, Daniel Birnbaum, Bazon Brock, Johanna Burton, Emma Cocker, Gilles Deleuze, Russell Ferguson, Ann Goldstein, Jörg Heiser, Jennifer Higgie, Richard Hylton, Jean-Yves Jouannais, Lisa Lee, Stuart Morgan, Hans-Joachim Müller, Karl Popper, Edgar Schmitz, Coosje van Bruggen

Review:

"Part of the MIT Press' series 'Documents of Contemporary Art' (co-published with London's Whitechapel Gallery), this volume has an all-encompassing title, but is really about failure as an artist. This broad anthology includes artists' statements, interviews with artists, exhibit reviews, something called a 'reading script,' literary analysis, and philosophical texts. While this eclectic approach keeps things interesting, it comes at a cost: a number of pieces have been cut too much; some seem deliberately obscure; and not all selections are equally interesting. Still, the book does what this kind of project should: it introduces you to unfamiliar ideas, authors, and practices; offers new approaches; and raises new questions. Presumably, it's intended for people who make or write about art, but you certainly don't have to be an artist to appreciate new ways of thinking about failure and, not coincidentally, success. As artist Chris Burden says when describing a performance piece gone awry: 'I'm sure the people who organized the event were disappointed, but I was quite elated. I'd been so wrong in my expectations.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Amid the global uncertainties of our times, failure has become a central subject of investigation in recent art. Celebrating failed promises and myths of the avant-garde, or setting out to realize seemingly impossible tasks, artists have actively claimed the space of failure to propose a resistant view of the world. Here success is deemed overrated, doubt embraced, experimentation encouraged, and risk considered a viable strategy. The abstract possibilities opened up by failure are further reinforced by the problems of physically realizing artworks--wrestling with ideas, representation, and object-making. By amplifying both theoretical and practical failure, artists have sought new, unexpected ways of opening up endgame situations, ranging from the ideological shadow of the white cube to unfulfilled promises of political emancipation. Between the two subjective poles of success and failure lies a space of potentially productive operations where paradox rules and dogma is refused. This collection of writings, statements, mediations, fictions, polemics, and discussions identifies failure as a core concern in cultural production.

About the Author

Investigations of failure as a key concern--as theme, strategy, and world view--of recent art.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262514774
Author:
Le Feuvre, Lisa
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Lisa Le Feuvre
Author:
Farr, Ian
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art Failure
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.75 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Part of the MIT Press' series 'Documents of Contemporary Art' (co-published with London's Whitechapel Gallery), this volume has an all-encompassing title, but is really about failure as an artist. This broad anthology includes artists' statements, interviews with artists, exhibit reviews, something called a 'reading script,' literary analysis, and philosophical texts. While this eclectic approach keeps things interesting, it comes at a cost: a number of pieces have been cut too much; some seem deliberately obscure; and not all selections are equally interesting. Still, the book does what this kind of project should: it introduces you to unfamiliar ideas, authors, and practices; offers new approaches; and raises new questions. Presumably, it's intended for people who make or write about art, but you certainly don't have to be an artist to appreciate new ways of thinking about failure and, not coincidentally, success. As artist Chris Burden says when describing a performance piece gone awry: 'I'm sure the people who organized the event were disappointed, but I was quite elated. I'd been so wrong in my expectations.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Amid the global uncertainties of our times, failure has become a central subject of investigation in recent art. Celebrating failed promises and myths of the avant-garde, or setting out to realize seemingly impossible tasks, artists have actively claimed the space of failure to propose a resistant view of the world. Here success is deemed overrated, doubt embraced, experimentation encouraged, and risk considered a viable strategy. The abstract possibilities opened up by failure are further reinforced by the problems of physically realizing artworks--wrestling with ideas, representation, and object-making. By amplifying both theoretical and practical failure, artists have sought new, unexpected ways of opening up endgame situations, ranging from the ideological shadow of the white cube to unfulfilled promises of political emancipation. Between the two subjective poles of success and failure lies a space of potentially productive operations where paradox rules and dogma is refused. This collection of writings, statements, mediations, fictions, polemics, and discussions identifies failure as a core concern in cultural production.
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