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Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles) Paperback – September 25, 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-0520257184 ISBN-10: 0520257189 Edition: Second Edition

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“Capture[s] the vitality and global tenor of the contemporary art world. . . . Indispensable for artists and art historians alike. . . . Essential.”
(A. Verplaetse, Naropa University Choice 2013-01-23)

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"Contrary to the popular myth of the 'inarticulate' artist, the literature of contemporary art is rich and varied and, until now, widely scattered. Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art is the most comprehensive selection of such writings available. An essential resource for scholars, it also offers the lay reader generous doses of vivid and provocative writing." --Robert Storr, Yale University



"The accomplishment of this book is astounding. It will change the way scholars think about the totality of the world of contemporary art, and it will be the essential text for generations of students to come." --Richard Shiff, University of Texas, Austin

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  • Paperback: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520257189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520257184
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Lima on September 7, 2012
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What's new in the second edition of Stiles and Selz, revised by Kristine Stiles. While the first edition would be best used for a class covering art to 1970, the second edition can be used for a class covering up to the present day. It is more global (i.e., less centered on the U.S.).

The book is an astounding effort, the only one of its kind, a worthy successor to Herschel Chipp's Theories of Modern Art, and a steal at the asking price. It can be profitably browsed in conjunction with related books such as Art in Theory 1900-2000 (Harrison et al); Art Since 1900 (Foster et al); Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985 (Kocur and Leung); and Contemporary Art 1989 to the Present (Dumbadze and Hudson).

Section 1, "Gestural Abstraction," includes several new texts by (mostly) women artists:
* Pat Steir, "Interview with Barbara Weidle"
* Joan Snyder, "Statements"
* Elizabeth Murray, "Statement"
* David Reed, "Statement"
* Fiona Rae, "Interview with Simon Wallis"
* Julie Mehretu, "Interview with Lawrence Chua"

Section 2, "Geometric Abstraction," adds texts from Latin America, the European postwar neo-avant-garde, and contemporary artists:
* Boris Mikhailov, "From the Series 'On the Color Backgrounds'"
* Gyula Kosice, "Madi Manifesto"
* Grupo Ruptura, "The Ruptura Manifesto"
* Ferrera Gullar et al.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cherises123 on January 2, 2013
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This book is a great resource for curious artists and non-artists alike. It's got so many great ideas and concepts presented in the chapter prefaces, while it doesn't go into a great deal of depth on each one, it is ample for general study and a great starting point for organization of an in depth personal study plan.

The interviews and artist writings are compelling and enlightening. I haven't read through the entire book yet, but find myself anxious to get back to it after having set it down.

The only thing that could've made it any better would be to have color reproductions of genre examples and each artist's work. It's helpful and enjoyable to link the concepts and ideas presented to the work.

Overall, great book! Glad I purchased the hardcover as I know I'll be hanging on to this one for years to come.
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By Breno Bitarello Sad on May 13, 2014
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Essencial book for anyone researching art and process of creation. This book has a lot of good stuff and should be always consulted!
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This is weighty tome is a treasure trove of interviews and writing by some of the worlds top contemporary artists. I could spend years reading this thing - it's amazing. No artist orserious contemporary art fan should be without this text.

This book is dense, with very thin pages, so you must treat it well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Juncker on June 18, 2013
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I bought this book for a history class, but I have been reading it on my own. There are a lot of really good documents in the book. The first person sources are far more enjoyable than most critical essays. This book is a little hard to read though since it is a paperback but also so large and heavy. It tends to bend.
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By June on December 27, 2014
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So much to offer. Thanks
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie on May 17, 2013
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Though it is a really thick book, it was worth it. I love reading the thoughts and reasons behind some of the work from the artists.
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