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"[A] succulent little book."--Flora Samuel, Times Higher Education

"Joselit, a Yale professor and critic whose previous writings have assiduously observed the intersection of art and tech, lays his argument out with pedagogic steadiness."--Art Review

"[After Art] is insightful and offers countless examples of the cultural and political forces influencing creative arts. . . . [W]ell-referenced and clearly written."--Choice

"Joselit points out a stimulating journey through recent art and architecture where his discourse functions as a sort of guide, complete with images and diagrams, within the illuminating text."--Kieran Lyons, Leonardo Reviews

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"Standing at the intersection of media studies, architectural criticism, and art history, David Joselit's After Art confronts the question of contemporary art in an age of proliferating networks. Joselit tracks the literal and epistemic 'states of form' of recent visual culture and offers a powerful new model for thinking about art's circulation and currency."--Pamela M. Lee, Stanford University


"David Joselit's concisely argued After Art might well have been entitled After Aura as he elegantly replies to Walter Benjamin's sense of art's loss of power with the introduction of technological reproduction. Instead, Joselit makes a persuasive case for the reinvigoration of the power of the image in contemporary artistic and architectural production as a result of the distributive capacity of communication networks."--Anthony Vidler, The Cooper Union


"Pertinent and intelligent, After Art will be of great interest to art historians and readers of contemporary art and media theory."--Sylvia Lavin, author of Kissing Architecture


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  • Series: POINT: Essays on Architecture
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691150443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clear, concise, elegantly argued, After Art is an expansive attempt to understand the production, distribution, and meaning of art in a digitally networked global art world. As ambitious in his program as Walter Benjamin was in "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproduceability," Joselit outlines the changes, the challenges, and the opportunities brought about by the vast amount of imagery now available to anyone with a wi fi connection. The contributing players come from every contemporary nook and historical cranny: from Hannah Arendt and Sherrie Levine to Rem Koolhaas and Ai Weiwei from Ethnicity Inc and James Gilmore and Joseph Pine (creators of "experience branding") to UNESCO's Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transport of Ownership of Cultural Property. Illustrated with original diagrams by Geoff Kaplan, Joselit shapes this wide array of sources into a dynamic framework of movement and activity in which images emerge into networks, artists expand formats into meanings, and institutions provide political platforms. Informed optimism runs across the grain of most contemporary critical voices, but in the midst of turmoil and excess, David Joselit has outlined a way forward, a theory of art that re-imagines and reaffirms its ability to affect positive change in the world.
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After finishing my MFA a year ago, i became increasingly worried with a very simple question that I wasnt expecting to have with a grad degree: What is Art now?

Im glad I read this book, as it gave me the perspective grad school didnt gave me on the nature of art in a globalized, networked enviroment. It addressed many of my prejudices about non-material art, strenghtening my conceptual position and... although this is not the objective of the book, it inspired me on reinventing myself as an artist.
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If you want to have some idea about where art and culture are going these days. After Art is a nicely engaging and insightful short book about the current state of art, artists, architecture and culture in a changing and networked world.
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This book is small in size but dense in content. I found it took couple of reads to really absorb, but is very useful for the contemporary artist.
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lucid, relevant and well written. required reading.
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