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Installation Art Paperback – August 12, 1996
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Installation, once a term used to denote the preparation of works for viewing, has become a vigorous art form in itself, a combination of existential happening and planned structure. The need to inhabit the artistic environment, to allow and even require the spectator to be a part of the work, has become as much a political statement as an artistic decision. Duchamp and Christo, Schwitters and Nam June Paik are all part of this long tradition, traced here from the 19th century to the present in well-annotated illustrations and brief texts, grouped in four sections: site, media, museum, and architecture. A chronology dating from 1879 to 1993 and an extensive bibliography make this a useful source for further study. For larger art collections.
- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Installation is a quintessentially modern art form. A hybrid of disciplines, from painting and sculpture to performance and architecture, installation attempts to blur the boundary between art and life. This picture-rich international survey covers the history of installation art and provides a host of diverse examples. Such progenitors as Marcel Duchamp and his readymades, Kurt Schwitters and his room-filling constructions, Yves Klein and his performances, and Robert Smithson and his earthworks are identified and discussed in the introductory commentary. The main body of the volume approaches installation in terms of settings. Site-specific works are presented first, then media-related installations, museum pieces, and interior and exterior installations linked to architecture. The artists include Christo, Bill Viola, Jonathan Borofsky, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelly, and many European artists whose names will be new to readers. No art form can rival installation for sheer variety of material, style, setting, and intent, a profusion well celebrated within these pages. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.