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ISBN-13: 978-1444338577 ISBN-10: 1444338579 Edition: 2nd

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“This is a much-needed primer on the role of critical thought in the art of the last twenty years. At a time when some have mourned – or alternatively celebrated – the death of art theory, this valuable anthology traces its viability – indeed, its necessity – for understanding recent aesthetic practice.” Pamela Lee, StanfordUniversity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Here are urgent things to read—including texts by artists who 'live within' theory.  Not only analytical arguments but models for the expansion of history, politics and aesthetics. “
- Josiah McElheny, artist, New York City

“Kocur’s and Leung’s thought-provoking new anthology makes me envy today’s students and their professors. User-friendly, devoid of jargon, this volume zeroes in on issues that are at the core of contemporary art practices, offering a view of the current state of theory, and of the interrelation between art and theory, that is both synthetic and chronological.  I cannot imagine a better guide to navigate through all the transformations art has gone through since 1980 in response to those of the world at large. This anthology is a delight, and an immense service to the field of contemporary studies.”
- Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444338579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444338577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zoya Kocur has been a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the former Associate Curator of Education at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. She recently completed her doctorate at Middlesex University, London, School of Art and Design. She received an M.A. in Studio Art/Photography from NYU and the International Center of Photography, and an A.B.in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Kocur's most recent books are "Global Visual Cultures: An Anthology" (2011) and the second edition of "Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985" (2012) co-edited with Simon Leung.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joe Clay on November 9, 2006
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Honestly there isn't much to say about this book. If you have ever wondered what happened to art after "modernism," this is the book to read. It's a must for any contemporary artist--contemporary as in present, not in the art sense, which would cut off around Warhol. This book can also be used to prove to anyone who thinks art doesn't require thinking that it requires quite a bit more thinking than they would expect.

If you find reading a normal book challenging, this isn't the book for you. Many of the ideas will escape you unless you have a good working knowledge of the concepts behind postmodern theory, such as semiotics and psychoanalytic theory (especially Freud and Lacan). I would recommend Visual Culture: The Reader (edited by Evans and Hall) to provide a basis for this background info.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rens Renfield on December 6, 2005
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This book contains several essential essays for anyone studying contemporary art theory. It is an extremely theoretical book, not to be undertaken lightly. It would help if you had a basic background in some theoretical discourse.

As a graduate student, I have used it in several of my theory classes, and it has proven to be extremely helpful in writing papers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Lima on September 7, 2012
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What's new in the second edition? The publisher doesn't make it very easy to tell.

In a Bourdieuian turn, Part I, formerly "Contemporary Art Practices and Models," is now "The Field of Contemporary Art." Here, Michael Brenson's "The Curator's Moment" (1998) is gone, replaced by Chin-Tao Wu, "Biennials without Borders?" Alexander Alberro, "Periodizing Contemporary Art," and Jacques Rancière, "Contemporary Art and the Politics of Aesthetics" (all 2009).

A new Part II, "Practices and Models/Rethinking Form and Medium," includes pieces by Andrea Fraser, Grant Kester and Liz Kotz (formerly in Part I), David Joselit and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh (formerly in Part IV), and Rosalind Krauss (formerly in Part V). Also here, Claire Bishop's "Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics" (2004) is new, replacing James Gaywood's "'yBa' as Critique: The Socio-Political Inferences of the Mediated Identity of Recent British Art" (1997).

What was Part II is now Part III, "Culture/Identities/Political Agency" (formerly "...Political Fields"). One of the two Carole Vance texts, "Feminist Fundamentalism: Women Against Images" (1993), is gone. Two new additions are Beatriz Preciado, "The Architecture of Porn: Museum, Urban Detritus, and Cinematic Stag-Rooms" (2012) and Chantal Mouffe, "Cultural Workers as Organic Intellectuals" (2008).

What were once Part IV, "Rethinking Aesthetics," and Part V, "Theories After Postmodernism," are gone, with some of their texts eliminated, and other texts transferred to other Parts. Gone are Nana Last, "Function and Field: Demarcating Conceptual Practices" (2004), Juli Carson, "1989," Nelly Richard, "Postmodernism and Periphery" (1987), Laura Kipnis, "Repossessing Popular Culture" (1993), and John Rajchman, "The Lightness of Theory" (1993).
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