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Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics (The Graham Foundation / MIT Hardcover – November 19, 1996

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"One of the most important publications to appear in the history of urban studies, Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics, by Rosalyn Deutsche, puts together the aesthetic and the urban in a way that is both original and convincing. Making use of both feminist and post-modern theory, she makes the meaning of public space and the conflicts over its ownership vivid and immediate. Indeed, the issue of conflict is central to Deutsche's take on urban issues. Brilliantly written, taking full account of the recent work in the field, Evictions constitutes a major contribution to the fields of art, architecture and urban studies."
Linda Nochlin, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

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Rosalyn Deutsche is an art historian and critic who has taught at Harvard, MIT, Cooper Union, Queens College at CUNY, and Rutgers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Graham Foundation / MIT Press Series in Contemporary Architectural Discourse
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; y First printing edition (November 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262041588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262041584
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are few books I'd pay this much for to find in hard copy (much less hard cover!) format. "Evictions" is critical to a whole range and generations of interventionist, new genre public art, experimental geography, and other contemporary, conceptual, spatio-cultural production practices (I'm purposefully avoiding the depoliticized term "social practice art" here because, well, if that's your term, you can have it; it means nothing beyond bland contemporary art market branding and leaves practitioners within the overlap of art and activism, those engaged in difficult and often contentious sociopolitical investigations, with less to work with than the "material" of the "medium"). More than "required reading," Deutsche's text is one of a few books that changes the way artists potentially approach every area, angle, and element of their production practice. Assign to a class "Evictions," Sekula's "Fish Story," Ukeles's "Manifesto for Maintenance Art," some Lippard, and a few others and just watch as students break their own molds and move from making insular art assembled in isolated ecologies that revolve around their inward-focused selves to exploding with possibilities that trace ecologies and spatial practices all over the world. Deutsche and her contemporaries posed questions that become more relevant with each passing moment, each crumbling object of infrastructure, and each new iteration of cultural layering atop remnants of the previous.
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