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Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings (California Studies in the History of Art) Paperback – April 18, 1995
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The third collection in the series that includes Theories in Modern Art (1968) and Nineteenth-Century Theories of Art (1987), this wide-ranging and comprehensive anthology of writings and statements by artists is indispensable to an understanding of postwar visual arts. Each of the nine sections ("Art and Technology," "Process," etc.) is introduced with a general overview of the artists and influences that fall within its scope. The range of artists included is impressive. Besides such well-known American artists as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, a broad selection of non-Americans is represented, including Magdalena Abakanowicz and Georg Baselitz. The vast amount of material collected is well organized and appropriately illustrated. An extensive bibliography (on movements as well as individual artists) complements the work. Highly recommended for collections with an interest in postwar art.?Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libs., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"An indispensable resource: compendious, diverse, and in some of its unfamiliar juxtapositions, startlingly fresh."Lisa Tickner, Middlesex University, London
"Contrary to the popular myth of the "inarticulate" artist, the literature of contemporary art is rich and varied and, until now, widely scattered. This 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, Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Theories and Documents not only fills an important gap in the field of modern and contemporary art but is also a major contribution in its own right. It rejects narrowly stylistic or medium-defined categories and instead organizes the artists' texts in relation to broader cultural, social, and technological concerns. It deepens and complicates our knowledge of the art of our time."Abigail Solomon-Godeau, University of California, Santa Barbara
"A very useful anthology that performs two crucial functions: it brings artists of different generations and nationalities into conversation, and it comprehends art in its new mediums, practices, and problems."Hal Foster, Editor, October
"Professors Stiles and Selz have presented us with a textbook that is as indispensable as it is authoritative. It will surely be seen as the standard reference for those seeking primary sources in the complex field of contemporary art studies."David Ross, Whitney Museum of Art, New York
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I never did read it like a book, though. I have read the whole thing, but more like a giant magazine. I started with my favorite artists, reading what they had to say, then moved on to obscure-to-me artists. Working this way, I did re-read a lot of essays, forgetting I had already read them until I was a page or two in to that one. In any case, I am so happy to have this book.