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Michael Asher
October Files book - Jennifer King (Ed.)


During a career that spanned more than forty years, from the late 1960s until his death in 2012, Michael Asher created site-specific installations and institutional interventions that examined the conditions of art’s production, display, and reception. At the Art Institute of Chicago, for example, he famously relocated a bronze replica of an eighteenth-century sculpture of George Washington from the museum’s entrance to an interior gallery, thereby highlighting the disjunction between the statue’s symbolic function as a public monument and its aesthetic origins as an artwork. Today, Asher is celebrated as one of the forerunners of institutional critique. Yet because of Asher’s situation-based method of working, and his resistance to making objects that could circulate in the art market, few of his works survive in physical form. What does survive is writing by scholars and critics about his diverse practice. The essays in this volume document projects that range from Asher’s environmental works and museum displacements to his research-based presentations and reflections on urban space.

Contributors: Michael Asher, Sandy Ballatore, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Jennifer King, Miwon Kwon, Barbara Munger, Stephan Pascher, Birgit Pelzer, Anne Rorimer, Allan Sekula

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Allan Sekula
Dismal Science: Photoworks 1972-1996

Dismal Science is the definitive edition of seven acclaimed photographic projects made by Allan Sekula over the last 24 years, and also includes a number of critical essays by Sekula on contemporary photography.

His hybrid works, incorporating photographic sequences, slide projections, texts, and audio recordings, question the conventions of documentary photography, while tracing strange linkages between everyday life and the global economic system.

Dismal Science is published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the University Galleries of Illinois State University that travelled to eight venues between 1996-1998 including the Netherlands foto institute, Rotterdam, the Munich Kunstverein, and the John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia.

* Condition: Good (creasing to top-right corner of front cover, otherwise a clean, tight copy throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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The Phantom of Liberty
Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox

Tone Hansen, Lars Bang Larsen (Eds.)

Contributions by Emanuel Almborg, Nils Christie, Carl Hegemann, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Adelita Husni-Bey, Carsten Rene Jørgensen, Lars Bang Larsen, Sharon Lockhart, Magnus Marsdal, Marit Paasche, Allan Sekula

One of the few things we have in common in contemporary society is the future of our children. But it seems that even the “we” of childhood, of learning and free play, has turned into a common ground for instrumentalization and competition. Today, the pedagogical paradox—Kant’s meditation on the paradox that the subject’s predisposition for freedom must be learned—is increasingly lost in governmental obsession about the efficiency of education and schooling. From another perspective, artists are addressing questions of childhood, play, and pedagogy.

What ideological and moral transformations is the school system currently undergoing? What do the psychiatric diagnoses and treatments mean that are increasingly applied to children and youth? What happened to the reform pedagogy of the twentieth century? What is the status of childhood in the era of the consuming child and the playing adult? These are some of the questions addressed by The Phantom of Liberty, which sets out to reestablish a social and aesthetic dialogue between visual art and psychology, philosophy, pedagogy, and critical journalism.

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox is published following the exhibition “Learning for Life” curated by Tone Hansen and Ane Hjort Guttu, November 11, 2012–February 24, 2013, at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK).

Copublished with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
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