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Relational Aesthetics Paperback – January 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-2840660606 ISBN-10: 2840660601 Edition: Les Presses Du Reel

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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Les Presse Du Reel,Franc; Les Presses Du Reel edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2840660601
  • ISBN-13: 978-2840660606
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't buy the hype.
Richard Corral
The bad parts about this book are the many misspellings and the major stylistic shifts in the writing and translation.
Caleb Coppock
Nicolas Bourriaud makes a notable argument into understanding relational art and aesthetics.
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54 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Smith III on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book, presented as a critical text, gave academic cred to a group of artists who needed it. Like the fake articles in glossy magazines that upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be advertisements, this book hyped up a handful of artists whose self-congratulatory practices were all style and no content. The claim that Rirkrit Tiravanija or Liam Gillick had any sort of groundbreaking political novelty to present cannot withstand critical pressure. As we have seen, nothing they did had any effect other than annexing previously disruptive practices into the polite world of the gallery elite. Their actual relevance faded as did the ability of this text to hold any sort of critical water. Our generation's version of the emperor's new clothes. See Claire Bishop's Participation and her dialogue with Liam Gillick to see how flimsy Relational Aesthetics really is. (and by the way, it isn't just the poor translation's fault). Julian Stallabrass and Bishop both come at this type of work with a far sharper set of tools, and show that by Bourriaud's own claims, the artists who should be the referents here look far more like Thomas Hirshhorn and Gonzalez-Torres. In the context of these other artists and thinkers, Bourriaud's worldview just can't hold up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole P. on June 26, 2014
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If Relational Aesthetics is a practice you seek, then the book is something you must own. Nicolas Bourriaud is the father of Relational Aesthetics, and even some critics take his approach with a grain of salt, the book is a great resource for collaborative performance art.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Corral on December 25, 2013
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I think this book's flaw can be summed up simply: ALL ART IS RELATIONAL. Bourriaud goes on and on trying to convince you that there is a new art movement that is about artist creating a new relation between art and audience. But it is hype. Don't buy the hype.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Noble on June 18, 2007
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in performative and relational art. The translation is a little dodgy at times but the book is well worth it's price for provocative ideas, critical insight, and inspiration.
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27 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Coppock on February 23, 2006
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I am just beginning my venture into critical discussion of the Arts and reading Relational Aesthetics sparked my interest in art's effect of linkageing and relating. The author explores and gives names of many artists working in the 90's that used human interaction as their medium.

The bad parts about this book are the many misspellings and the major stylistic shifts in the writing and translation.
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