Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings
Kristine Stiles, Peter Howard Selz
University of California Press, 1996 - Art - 1003 pages
Ambitious and interdisciplinary, this long-awaited collaboration is a landmark presentation of the writings of contemporary artists. These influential essays, interviews, and critical and theoretical comments provide bold and fertile insights into the construction of visual knowledge. Featuring a wide range of leading and emerging artists since 1945, the collection--while comprehensive and authoritative--offers the reader some eclectic surprises as well.
Included here are texts that have become pivotal documents in contemporary art, along with writings that cover unfamiliar ground. Some are newly translated, others have never before been published. Together they address visual literacy, cultural studies, and the theoretical debates regarding modernism and postmodernism. The full panoply of visual media is represented, from painting and sculpture to environments, installations, performance, conceptual art, video, photography, and virtual reality. Thematic concerns range from figuration and process to popular culture, art and technology, and politics and the media. Contemporary issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality are also addressed.
Kristine Stiles's general introduction is a succinct overview of artists' theories in the evolution of contemporary discourse around art. Introductions to each chapter provide synopses of the cultural contexts in which the texts originated and brief biographies of individual artists. The text is augmented by outstanding photographs, many of artists in their studios, and vivid, contemporary art images.
Reflecting the editors' shared belief that artists' own theories provide unparalleled access to visual knowledge, this book, like its distinguished predecessors, Hershel Chipp's Theories of Modern Art (with Peter Selz and Joshua Taylor) and Joshua Taylor's Nineteenth-Century Theories of Art, will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in contemporary art.
"In New York in 1915 I bought at a hardware store a snow shovel on which I wrote 'in advance of the broken arm.' It was around that time that the word 'readymade' came to mind to designate this form of manifestation."--Marcel Duchamp (1961)
"Women have always collected things and saved and recycled them because leftovers yielded nourishment in new forms. The decorative functional objects women made often spoke in a secret language, bore a covert imagery. When we read these images in needlework, in paintings, in quilts, rugs and scrapbooks, we sometimes find a cry for help, sometimes an allusion to a secret political alignment, sometimes a moving symbol about the relationships between men and women."--Miriam Schapiro and Melissa Meyer (1978)
"I want to create a fusion of art and life, Asia and America, Duchampiana modernism and Levi-Straussian savagism, cool form and hot video, dealing with all of those complex problems, spanning the tribal memory of the Nomadic Asians who crossed over the Bering Strait over 10,000 years ago."--Shigeko Kubota (1976)
"Black for me is a lot more peaceful and gentle than white. White marble may be very beautiful, but you can't read anything on it. I wanted something that would be soft on the eyes, and turn into a mirror if you polished it. The point is to see yourself reflected in the names. Also the mirror image doubles and triples the space."--Maya Lin (1983)
"Artists often depend on the manipulation of symbols to present ideas and associations not always apparent in such symbols. If all such ideas and associations were evident there would be little need for artists to give expression to them. In short, there would be no need to make art."--Andres Serrano (1989)
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JACKSON POLLOCK Guggenheim Application
HELEN FRANKENTHALER Interview with Henry Geldzahler
CY TWOMBLY Comments by Heiner Bastian
ALFRED H BARR The New American Painting
LUCIO FONTANA Manifesto bianco
WILLI BAUMEISTER The Unknown in Art
MAX BILL Concrete Art
WILLIAM WEGMAN Interview by David Ross
INSTALLATIONS ENVIRONMENTS AND SITES
by Octavio Paz
ISAMU NOGUCHI A Sculptors World
MAYA LIN Untitled Statements
ROBERT SMITHSON The Spiral Jetty
NANCY HOLT Sun Tunnels
ALAN SONFIST Natural Phenomena as Public Monuments
YVES KLEIN Ritual for the Relinquishment of the Immaterial Pictorial
ELLSWORTH KELLY Notes of 1969
The Journal of an Artist
JOSEF ALBERS The Origin of Art
FRANK STELLA The Pratt Lecture
CARL ANDRE Preface to Stripe Painting
BRICE MARDEN Statements Notes and Interviews
ALFRED JENSEN Untitled Statement
FERNAND LEGER The Human Body Considered as an Object
PAUL TILLICH Each Period Has Its Peculiar Image of Man
Interview with David Sylvester
CONSTANT NIEWENHUYS Manifesto
WILLEM SANDBERG When Young
ROMARE BEAHDEN Interview with Henri Ghent
DAVID HOCKNEY and LARRY RIVERS Beautiful or Interesting
MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO Plexiglass
RICHARD ESTES Interview with Herbert Raymond
Interview with Jeanne Siegel
GEORG BASELITZ Pandemonic Manifesto I 2d Version
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE Interview with Robin White
JOHN PITNAM WEBER Murals as Peoples Art
MATERIAL CULTURE AND EVERYDAY LIFE
RICHARD HAMILTON Letter to Peter and Alison Smithson
OYVIND FAHLSTROM Take Care of the World
DANIEL SPOERRI Trap Pictures
ION GRIGORESCU Politics Religion and Art Facing Crime
BRUCE CONNER Interview with Mia Culpa
GEORGE BRECHT Project in Multiple Dimensions
An Interview with James Rosenquist
RAY JOHNSON What Is a Moticos?
ART AND TECHNOLOGY
NICOLAS SCHOFFER The Three Stages of Dynamic Sculpture
TAKIS Untitled Statement
LAURIE ANDERSON Interview with Charles Amirkhanian
Amplified Body Laser Eyes and Third Hand
DOUGLAS DAVIS Manifesto
SHIGEKO KUBOTA Video Poem
GORDON MATTACLARK Remembrance by Susan Rothenberg
RICHARD LONG Five Six Pick Up Sticks
Notes Toward a Conditional Art
Notes and Nonsequiturs
NANCY GRAVES Conversation with Emily Wasserman
BRUCE NAUMAN Notes and Projects
SAM GILLIAM JR The Transformation of Nature through Nature
MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES Maintenance Art Manifesto
MARTIN PURYEAR Conversations with Hugh M Davies and Helaine Posner
FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER Contrasting Pairs and Distinctions in the Work
Description of an Installation
GERMANO CELANT Introduction to Art Povera
MARIO MERZ Untitled Statements
JIRO YOSHIHARA The Gutai Manifesto
GUY DEBORD Report on the Construction of Situations and on
CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN From The Notebooks
DICK HIGGINS Statement on Intermedia
YOKO ONO To the Wesleyan People
JERZY BERES Untitled Statement
ULRICKE ROSENBACH Untitled Statement
CHRIS BURDEN Untitled Statement
TOM MARIONI Out Front
LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTS
MARCEL DUCHAMP The Richard Mutt Case
MEL BOCHNER Book Review
SETH SIEGELAUB The Artists Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement
ZORAN POPOVIC For SelfManagement Art
VICTOR BURGIN Looking at Photographs
STANLEY BROUWN A Short Manifesto
MARCEL BROODTHAERS Ten Thousand Francs Reward
KLAUS STAECK Interview with Georg Jappe
JOHN BALDESSAKI What Thinks Me Now
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