Becoming past : history in contemporary art (Book, 2016) []
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Becoming past : history in contemporary art

Becoming past : history in contemporary art

Author: Jane Blocker
Publisher: Minneapolis (MN) ; London : University of Minnesota Press, cop. 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Rather than questioningwhether there is-or should be-contemporary art history, Jane Blocker arguesthat we should be asking how. Setting the idea of temporality decisively in therealm of art, Becoming  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Blocker
ISBN: 9780816696987 0816696985 9780816696970 0816696977
OCLC Number: 951421957
Notes: "Is there such a thing as contemporary art history? The contemporary, after all--as much as we may want to consider it otherwise--is being made history as it happens. By what means do we examine this moving target? These questions lie at the center of Jane Blocker's Becoming Past. The important point is not whether there is--or should be--contemporary art history, Blocker argues, but how.Focusing on a significant aspect of current art practice?in which artists have engaged with historical subject matter, methods, and inquiry?Blocker asks how the creation of the artist implicates and interrogates that of the art historian. She moves from art history to theater, to performance, and to literature as she investigates a series of works, including performances by the collaborative group Goat Island, the film Deadpan by Steve McQueen, the philosophies of science fiction writer Samuel Delany and documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, the film Amos Fortune Road by Matthew Buckingham, and sculptures by Dario Robleto.Many books have sought to understand the key directions of contemporary art. In contrast, Becoming Past is concerned with the application of art history in the pursuit of such trends. Setting the idea of temporality decisively in the realm of art, Blocker's work is crucial for artists, art historians, curators, critics, and scholars of performance and cultural studies interested in the role of history in the practice of art." --> na ov.
Description: 236 str. : ilustr. ; 22 cm.
Contents: ContentsIntroduction: History as Prosthesis1. Wooden Legs: Goat Island's Acts of Repair2. Houses Falling Down: Archival Violence in Steve McQueen's Deadpan3. Incorrect and Incomplete: Ross McElwee's Fictions and Samuel Delany's Lies4. The Empty Stage: A Story About the Past by Matthew Buckingham5. Stupid Birds: Temporal Dissidence in The Lastmaker6. Transitional Objects: Dario Robleto's SpoolsConclusion. Wooden Feet: Francis Alys and Syncopated TimeAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Jane Blocker.


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