Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0520238398
ISBN-10: 0520238397
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"This book is brilliant, brave, and enormously informative. Read it, buy an extra copy, send it to friends, and make sure every student and adult in North America becomes aware of it." - Henry A. Giroux, author of The Abandoned Generation"

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"A definitive study of a coherent and fascinating set of art practices. Kester makes the concept of dialogical art more textured and complex with each new work he discusses, providing both richness of description and depth of understanding. Without being authoritarian or heavy-handed, the book is definitive, exhaustively researched, and comprehensive. It is likely to remain the premier resource of information on community-based dialogical art for years to come and will be required reading for all courses that deal with the social implications of art."—Norman Bryson, Professor of Art History, University of California, San Diego, and Senior Researcher, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands

"Grant Kester has written a book of great insight, compassion, and civic courage. By treating the relationship between art and democracy as pedagogical, performative, and ethical, he revives our understanding of the importance of civic engagement, solidarity, conversation, and public intervention. This book is brilliant, brave, and enormously informative. Read it, buy an extra copy, send it to friends, and make sure every student and adult in North America becomes aware of it."—Henry A. Giroux, Waterbury Chair Professor of Education and Cultural Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and author of The Abandoned Generation

"Equally well-read in theory and contemporary art practice, Grant H. Kester has spent the past ten years analyzing the nature of community and communication in modern art, engaging diverse thinkers, past and present, such as Immanuel Kant and Miwon Kwon. With the publication of this important book, he takes on a new exchange, one between himself and his readers."—Moira Roth, Trefethen Professor of Art History, Mills College
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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520238397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520238398
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unknown on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the most cogent account of dialogical practices. This book should really be mandatory reading for all the art students and, ideally, art tutors.

What differentiates Kester's approach from other well-meaning writers on the subject (yes, you Susan Lacy and you, Bourriaud at the back) is that he actually develops a historically referenced, epistemologically sound, original concept of dialogical aesthetic, substance without rhetoric, and does so brilliantly.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philomena Downey on March 5, 2009
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this book is a must read for anybody interested in art as a critical practice, every art student should have it, wonderfully insightful,well written,also gives a good knowledge of group work in art practice
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Since when is the history of visual, museum-based art relevant to dialogical, performance-based practices in the modern age? Also, Kester could afford to write more succinctly, and with smaller words.
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By T. Mintz on September 28, 2014
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Excellent way to get an introduction to the many concepts that are part of critical theory and understanding avant garde Art.
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