Almost Nothing

Almost Nothing Observations on Precarious Practices in Contemporary Art - Rethinking Art's Histories

Paperback (08 Dec 2016) | English

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Synopsis

What does an assemblage made out of crumpled newspaper have in common with an empty room in which the lights go on and off every five seconds? This book argues that they are both examples of a 'precarious' art that flourished from the late 1950s to the first decade of the twenty-first century, in light of a growing awareness of the individual's fragile existence in capitalist society. Focusing on comparative case studies drawn from European, North and South American practices, this study maps out a network of similar concerns and practices, while outlining its evolution from the 1960s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. This book will provide students and amateurs of contemporary art and culture with new insights into contemporary art practices and the critical issues that they raise concerning the material status of the art object, the role of the artist in society, and the relation between art and everyday life.

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Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9781526112903
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 709.045
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiii, 330
Weight: 730g
Height: 158mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 25mm