- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (August 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520238397
- ISBN-13: 978-0520238398
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,277,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art 0th Edition
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"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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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.