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Utopias (Documents of Contemporary Art)

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Publisher Comments:

Throughout its diverse manifestations, the utopian entails two related but contradictory elements: the aspiration to a better world, and the acknowledgement that its form may only ever live in our imaginations. Furthermore, we are as haunted by the failures of utopian enterprise as we are inspired by the desire to repair the failed and build the new. Contemporary art reflects this general ambivalence. The utopian impulse informs politically activist and relational art, practices that fuse elements of art, design, and architecture, and collaborative projects aspiring to progressive social or political change. Two other tendencies have emerged in recent art: a looking backward to investigate the utopian elements of previous eras, and the imaginative modeling of alternative worlds as intimations of possibility. This anthology contextualizes these utopian currents in relation to political thought, viewing the utopian as a key term in the artistic lineage of modernity. It illuminates how the exploration of utopian themes in art today contributes to our understanding of contemporary cultures, and the possibilities for shaping their futures.

Artistis surveyed includeJoseph Beuys, Paul Chan, Guy Debord, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Antony Gormley, Dan Graham, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Paul McCarthy, Constant A. Nieuwenheuys, Paul Noble, Nils Norman, Philippe Parreno, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Titchner, Atelier van Lieshout, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Wochenklauser, Carey Young.

Writers includeTheodor Adorno, Jennifer Allen, Catherine Bernard, Ernst Bloch, Yve-Alain Bois, Nicolas Bourriaud, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Alex Farquharson, Hal Foster, Michel Foucault, Alison Green, Fredric Jameson, Rosalind Krauss, Hari Kunzru, Donald Kuspit, Dermis P. Leon, Karl Marx, Jeremy Millar, Thomas More, William Morris, Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, George Orwell, Jacques Rancière, Stephanie Rosenthal, Beatrix Ru.

Review:

"This timely and well-chosen collection of texts on the notion of utopia examines the concept as a recurrent literary and theoretical trope and as it relates to contemporary artistic practice. Succinctly contextualized by Noble as an 'impulse or tendency' rather than a place, 'utopia' is examined from its earliest explicit articulation in Thomas Moore's 1516 eponymous text through its 19th-century entanglement with revolutionary aspirations in the work of Marx and Engels and its 20th-century negation in George Orwell's 1984. These provide the grounds for considerations on the significance of the avant-garde and the relationship between art and politics in its myriad activist and critical guises. While including such suspects as Adorno and Foucault, the book offers a perceptive selection of writings on and by such artists as Joseph Beuys, Liam Gillick and Thomas Hirschhorn, while critics are amply represented with superb pieces by the likes of Jan Verwoert on the avant-garde gesture and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh's infamous reading of Beuys as a historic self-mythologizer. Marred only by the brevity of the individual selections, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the art-world's current impasse between willful navet and postmodern cynicism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Utopian strategies in contemporary art seen in the context of the histories of utopian thinking and avant-garde art.

Synopsis:

Based on a 2012 symposium on Perfection, held at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London, this book explores the ways in which artists engage with ideas of perfection, drawing on screenings, performances, and discussions. The symposium featured the work of an eclectic group of artists and writers, who use photographic lenses of many kinds to create works that engage with or disrupt ideas of perfection. Framed from an artistandrsquo;s perspective and spanning a diverse range of artworks that question how these ideas shape our personal identities and our social and political systems, On Perfection considers the multifaceted nature of lens-based practices.

Synopsis:

Throughout its diverse manifestations, the utopian entails two related but contradictory elements: the aspiration to a better world, and the acknowledgment that its form may only ever live in our imaginations. Furthermore, we are as haunted by the failures of utopian enterprise as we are inspired by the desire to repair the failed and build the new. Contemporary art reflects this general ambivalence. The utopian impulse informs politically activist and relational art, practices that fuse elements of art, design, and architecture, and collaborative projects aspiring to progressive social or political change. Two other tendencies have emerged in recent art: a looking backward to investigate the utopian elements of previous eras, and the imaginative modeling of alternative worlds as intimations of possibility. This anthology contextualizes these utopian currents in relation to political thought, viewing the utopian as a key term in the artistic lineage of modernity. It illuminates how the exploration of utopian themes in art today contributes to our understanding of contemporary cultures, and the possibilities for shaping their futures.

About the Author

Richard Noble is a scholar of contemporary art, critical theory, and the interrelation of art and politics. He is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, London.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

JO LONGHURST

FOREWORD

ALFREDO CRAMEROTTI

A NOTE FROM OUR SPONSOR

ROBERT HISCOX

DESPOILING THE IDEAL

EVA STENRAM

ON PERFECTION and AFFIRMATION IN STREET PHOTOGRPAHY

MARK DURDEN

LEADING PLATO INTO THE DARKROOM

CLIVE CAVEAUX

FAILURE and PERFECTION: FILM WORKS BY JULIAN ROSEFELDT

JULIAN ROSEFELDT

CLIVE CAVEAUX and JULIAN ROSEFELDT DISCUSSION

CHAIRED BY LIAM DEVLIN

THE EFFORT OF PERFECTION: PERFORMING ADOLECSENCE

CATHERINE GRANT

OTHER SPACES: NEW WORKS WITH ELITE GYMNISTS

JO LONGHURST

A PERFECT MYTH

RAY Mand#220;LLER, DIRECTOR OF THE WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL, IN CONVERSATION WITH CERI HIGGINS

ERNST Jand#220;NGER and POST-HUMAN PERFECTION

DAVID EVANS

SEEING THROUGH

FRANCETTE PACTEAU

BOUNDARY LINES

LESLIE DICK, WITH AUDREY WOLLEN

PERFECTING DESIRE: RECONCILING MEMORY

JONATHON WHITEHALL

A PERFECT STRIKE: DOUBLE STANDARDS and ATTACKS ON PERFECTION

MICHAL HEIMAN

JONATHAN WHITEHALL and MICHAL HEIMAN DISCUSSION

CHAIRED BY LIAM DEVLIN

THE PERFECT STUDENT

ORIANA FOX

ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT, A FILM BY DOUGLAS GORDON and PHILIPPE PARRENO

DAN HILL

EREWHON

JANE AND LOUISE WILSON

DECONSTRUCTING GENDER IDENTITY and NONand#8211;PERFECTION IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YURIE NAGASHIMA

MARCO BOHR

LOUISE WILSON and MARCO BOHR DISCUSSION

CHAIRED BY MARK DURDEN

ABSTRACTS and BIOGRAPHIES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262640695
Author:
Noble, Richard
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Editor:
Noble, Richard
Author:
Krauss, Rosalind E.
Author:
More, Thomas
Author:
Kabakov, Ilya
Author:
Farquharson, Alex
Author:
Gormley, Antony
Author:
Hirschhorn, Thomas
Author:
Rosenthal, Stephanie
Author:
Ranciere, Jacques
Author:
Obrist, Hans-Ulrich
Author:
Young
Author:
Superflex
Author:
Kingelez, Bodys Isek
Author:
Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Author:
Parreno, Philippe
Author:
Norman, Nils
Author:
Green, Alison
Author:
Bourriaud, Nicolas
Author:
Wochenklauser
Author:
Wall, Jeff
Author:
Adorno, Theodor W.
Author:
Kunzru, Hari
Author:
Nesbit, Molly
Author:
Kabakov, Emilia
Author:
Chan, Paul
Author:
Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Limited
Author:
Ruf, Beatrix
Author:
McCarthy, Paul
Author:
Miller, Jeremy
Author:
Allen, Jennifer
Author:
Young, Carey
Author:
Orwell, George
Author:
Marx, Karl
Author:
Tiravanija, Rirkrit
Author:
Kuspit, Donald
Author:
Morris, William
Author:
Bois, Yve-Alain
Author:
Jameson, Fredric
Author:
Buchloh, Benjamin H. D.
Author:
Rowlands, Alun
Author:
Longhurst, Jo
Author:
Debord, Guy
Author:
Graham, Dan
Author:
Nieuwenhuis, Constant
Author:
Bloch, Ernst
Author:
Foster, Hal
Author:
Noble, Richard
Author:
Bernard, Catherine
Author:
Leon, Dermis P.
Author:
Carey
Author:
Gillick, Liam
Author:
Huyghe, Pierre
Author:
Foucault, Michel
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author:
Beuys, Joseph
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Art, Modern - 21st century
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
General Photography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art Utopias
Publication Date:
20091009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 color plates
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This timely and well-chosen collection of texts on the notion of utopia examines the concept as a recurrent literary and theoretical trope and as it relates to contemporary artistic practice. Succinctly contextualized by Noble as an 'impulse or tendency' rather than a place, 'utopia' is examined from its earliest explicit articulation in Thomas Moore's 1516 eponymous text through its 19th-century entanglement with revolutionary aspirations in the work of Marx and Engels and its 20th-century negation in George Orwell's 1984. These provide the grounds for considerations on the significance of the avant-garde and the relationship between art and politics in its myriad activist and critical guises. While including such suspects as Adorno and Foucault, the book offers a perceptive selection of writings on and by such artists as Joseph Beuys, Liam Gillick and Thomas Hirschhorn, while critics are amply represented with superb pieces by the likes of Jan Verwoert on the avant-garde gesture and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh's infamous reading of Beuys as a historic self-mythologizer. Marred only by the brevity of the individual selections, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the art-world's current impasse between willful navet and postmodern cynicism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Utopian strategies in contemporary art seen in the context of the histories of utopian thinking and avant-garde art.
"Synopsis" by ,
Based on a 2012 symposium on Perfection, held at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London, this book explores the ways in which artists engage with ideas of perfection, drawing on screenings, performances, and discussions. The symposium featured the work of an eclectic group of artists and writers, who use photographic lenses of many kinds to create works that engage with or disrupt ideas of perfection. Framed from an artistandrsquo;s perspective and spanning a diverse range of artworks that question how these ideas shape our personal identities and our social and political systems, On Perfection considers the multifaceted nature of lens-based practices.

"Synopsis" by , Throughout its diverse manifestations, the utopian entails two related but contradictory elements: the aspiration to a better world, and the acknowledgment that its form may only ever live in our imaginations. Furthermore, we are as haunted by the failures of utopian enterprise as we are inspired by the desire to repair the failed and build the new. Contemporary art reflects this general ambivalence. The utopian impulse informs politically activist and relational art, practices that fuse elements of art, design, and architecture, and collaborative projects aspiring to progressive social or political change. Two other tendencies have emerged in recent art: a looking backward to investigate the utopian elements of previous eras, and the imaginative modeling of alternative worlds as intimations of possibility. This anthology contextualizes these utopian currents in relation to political thought, viewing the utopian as a key term in the artistic lineage of modernity. It illuminates how the exploration of utopian themes in art today contributes to our understanding of contemporary cultures, and the possibilities for shaping their futures.
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