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Samuel Beckett and contemporary art

Author: Robert Reginio; David Houston Jones; Katherine Weiss
Publisher: Stuttgart, Germany : Ibidem-Verlag, [2017] ©2017
Series: Samuel Beckett in company, 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This groundbreaking collection from scholars and artists on the legacy of Beckett in contemporary art provides readers with a unique view of this important writer for page, stage, and screen. The volume argues that Beckett is more than an influence on contemporary art -- he is, in fact, a contemporary artist, working alongside artists across disciplines in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. The volume explores Beckett's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Reginio; David Houston Jones; Katherine Weiss
ISBN: 9783838210797 3838210794
OCLC Number: 1015223954
Description: 367 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
Contents: Beckett as contemporary artist. Beckett in a box : Texts for nothing 8 in Brian O'Doherty's Aspen 5+6 / Sarah Garland ; "Play it again, Sam" : undoing and redoing Samuel Beckett's Molloy in contemporary art / Carla Taban ; Theatrical minimalisms : on place in Beckett and Judd / Zachary Tavlin and Kirin Wachter-Grene ; Specific objects and inscrutable activities : Beckett in the landscape of post-war American art / Robert Reginio --
Beckett in contemporary art. A singular totality : Beckett, Salcedo, Hatoum and installation art, from closed sytem to embodied cognition / David Houston Jones ; Transformations of Samuel Beckett's work in contemporary video sculpture and radio art / Katharina Knüppel ; Walking...stumbling...falling...lying down : Beckettian operations in the art of John Barbour and Ugo Rondinone / Russell Smith ; "...gently light unfading..." : traces of Samuel Beckett in the works of Claire Lise Holy / Katherine Weiss ; Samuel Beckett and Steve McQueen : imprisonment, sight, and the screen / Rachel Wells ; Beckett and sonic art / Derval Tubridy --
Artists on Beckett. The tragic romance of language : Paul Chan and Samuel Beckett / interview by Sara Collins ; Reverberations : Stan Douglas on Beckett / interview by Marisa C. Sánchez --
Instant light vault wall white black bodies ground heat semicircle / Arnold Dreyblatt --
Cocentricity / Dorothy Cross --
Beckett : the failure sense / Mary McIntyre.
Series Title: Samuel Beckett in company, 2.
Responsibility: Robert Reginio, David Houston Jones, and Katherine Weiss (eds.).

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This groundbreaking collection from scholars and artists on the legacy of Beckett in contemporary art provides readers with a unique view of this important writer for page, stage, and screen. The volume argues that Beckett is more than an influence on contemporary art -- he is, in fact, a contemporary artist, working alongside artists across disciplines in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. The volume explores Beckett's formal experiments in drama, prose, and other media as contemporary, parallel revisions of modernism's theoretical presuppositions congruent with trends like Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Containing interviews with and pieces by working artists, alongside contributions of scholars of literature and the visual arts, this collection offers an essential reassessment of Beckett's work. Perceiving Beckett's ongoing importance from the perspective of contemporary art practices, dominated by installation and conceptual strategies, it offers a completely new frame through which to read perennial Beckettian themes of impotence, failure, and penury. From Beckett's remains, as it were, contemporary artists find endless inspiration.

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