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Wall and Piece (Paperback)
Wall and Piece (Paperback)
Artistic genius, political activist, painter and decorator, mythic legend or notorious graffiti artist? The work of Banksy is unmistakable, except maybe when it's squatting in the Tate or New York's Metropolitan Museum. Banksy is responsible for decorating the streets, walls, bridges and zoos of towns and cites throughout the world. Witty and subversive, his stencils show monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, policeman with smiley faces, rats with drills and umbrellas. If you look hard enough, you'll find your own. His statements, incitements, ironies and epigrams are by turns intelligent and cheeky comments on everything from the monarchy and capitalism to the war in Iraq and farm animals. His identity remains unknown, but his work is prolific. Here's the best of his work in a fully illustrated colour volume - including brand material.
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Crochet with One Sheepish Girl: Easy Lessons and Sweet Designs for Wearing, Living & Giving
Crochet with One Sheepish Girl: Easy Lessons and Sweet Designs for Wearing, Living & Giving
This is a collection of stylish, vintage-inspired projects, introducing a fresh audience to crochet. Projects are simple and include step-by-step instructions suitable for beginners. From popular blogger Meredith Crawford, the creative mind behind onesheepishgirl.com. The popular blog One Sheepish Girl celebrates creativity and vintage style with modern flair and that's exactly what founder Meredith Crawford does in this beautifully curated collection. Her fun, imaginative projects include a bow brooch, sweetly embellished blouse, cottage tea cozy with a "thatched" roof and other charming items. Tutorials and step-by-step how-tos cover basic stitches and special techniques.
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All Our Yesterdays Cross Stitch Collection: 33 Charming Designs from Bygone Days (Paperback)
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All Our Yesterdays Cross Stitch Collection: 33 Charming Designs from Bygone Days (Paperback)
Faye Whittaker's All Our Yesterdays cross stitch designs are among DMC Creative World's best-selling kits; an ever-popular licence that has been running for ten years. The 33 nostalgic designs depict charming images of bygone days, and reflect upon the pleasure and excitement of childhood and occasions from the turn of the 20th century. This title includes clear colour charts and photographs, easy-to-follow stitching instructions and inspiring project ideas for adapting the designs. Faye's original watercolours are featured throughout, alongside nostalgic rhymes and sayings that will evoke memories of bygone days. DMC Creative World is a worldwide textile company established in France over 250 years ago and now has subsidiaries throughout the world. It has built a reputation for excellence in the global needlecraft market and specialises in hand embroidery products, threads, fabrics and kits.
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Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (Hardback)
Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (Hardback)
For nearly four decades in the 16th century, the careers of Venice's three greatest painters - Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese - overlapped, producing mutual influences and bitter rivalries that changed the course of art history. Venice was then among Europe's richest cities, and its plentiful commissions fostered an exceptionally fertile and innovative climate. In this climate, the three artists - brilliant, ambitious and fiercely competitive - vied with each other for primacy, deploying such new media as oil on canvas, with its unique expressive possibilities, and such new approaches as a personal and identifiable 'signature style'. They also pioneered the use of easel painting, a newly portable format that led to unprecedented fame in their lifetimes. With over 150 stunning examples by the three masters and their contemporaries, "Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese" elucidates the technical and aesthetic innovations that helped define the uniquely rich 'Venetian style', as well as the social, political and economic context in which it flourished. The essays range from examinations of seminal new techniques to such crucial institutions as state commissions and the patronage system. Most of all, by concentrating on the lives and careers of Venice's three greatest painters, the volume paints an equally vibrant human portrait - one brimming with savage rivalry, one-upmanship, humour and passion.
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Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood's Princess (Hardback)
Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood's Princess (Hardback)
Hollywood star, royal bride, beloved princess - Grace Kelly lived all three roles with a style all of her own. Renowned for her cool beauty and faultless good taste, the young actress stood apart from the other film sirens of the fifties, with 1000s of women, both in the US and Europe, emulating her classic yet accessible style. Her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 catapulted Grace Kelly to further fame and cemented her influence on the world of fashion. From the Parisian catwalks to the pages of Vogue, the 'Grace Kelly Look' became the look of the moment. This book, the first to look exclusively at Grace's unique style, accompanies an enchanting exhibition at the V&A opening in April 2010. Sumptuously illustrated, the book introduces Grace's glamorous wardrobe as she transformed herself from actress to bride to princess.
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Best in Show: Beagle Kit: Knit Your Own Dog
Best in Show: Beagle Kit: Knit Your Own Dog
Knitted dogs are excellent pets: they'll never chew your shoes, never need to go on a walk and can easily fit in the palm of your hand. Knitters and dog lovers everywhere will love this chance to create their own knitted dog with this exciting kit, including everything needed for one loveable companion. Beagle kit includes the following items: * Yarn * Pair of US 2 (2 3/4mm) knitting needles * Yarn needle * Stuffing * Pipecleaners * Safety pins The 24 page pattern book is easy to read and shows you how to create your own knitted companion with simple, straightforward instructions. Also available: Dachshund and Golden Retriever Box size: 195mm x 124mm x 72mm Booklet: 115mm x 175mm Word count: 750
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Aesthetics: v.1: Lectures on Fine Art (Paperback)
Aesthetics: v.1: Lectures on Fine Art (Paperback)
In his Aesthetics Hegel gives full expression to his seminal theory of art. He surveys the history of art from ancient India, Egypt, and Greece through to the Romantic movement of his own time, criticizes major works, and probes their meaning and significance; his rich array of examples gives broad scope for his judgement and makes vivid his exposition of his theory. The substantial Introduction is Hegel's best exposition of his general philosophy of art, and provides the ideal way into his Aesthetics. In Part I he considers the general nature of art: he distinguishes art, as a spiritual experience, from religion and philosophy; he discusses the beauty of art and differentiates it from the beauty of nature; and he examines artistic genius and originality. Part II provides a sort of history of art, divded into three periods called Symbolic (India, Persia, Egypt), Classical (Greece), and Romantic (medieval and post-medieval up to the end of the eighteenth century). Part III deals individually with architecture, scuplture, painting, music, and literature.
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Essays in Architecture (Paperback)
Essays in Architecture (Paperback)
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the founding of New Architecture, we are republishing a selection of the most interesting essays by some of the world's leading architects and critics including Raimund Abraham, Jean Baudrillard, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Hans Hollein, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind, Wolf Prix, Bernard Tschumi and Lebbeus Woods. The essays look critically at current directions in architecture, irrespective of stylistic considerations, and explore each theme in depth, raising the most important questions posed by the developing role of architecture in the world today.
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Knit, Swirl!: Uniquely Flattering One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets (Hardback)
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Knit, Swirl!: Uniquely Flattering One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets (Hardback)
Swirls are elegant by nature. They require only simple knitting skills and minimal finishing. They come in four silhouettes and three flexible sizes. Swirls are fun to style and may be worn in a variety of ways - some even upside down. This book is destined for display on the knitter's coffee table. Large format, full color photographs generously illustrate every aspect of each design. Clear step-by-step pattern instructions and Sandra's detailed schematics make knitting a Swirl a simple pleasure. Elegant design, flattering fit, flexible sizing, versatile styling Basic knitting skills, minimal finishing, one piece one seam Eighteen patterns in four dramatic silhouettes
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Nature Mandalas Coloring Book (Paperback)
Nature Mandalas Coloring Book (Paperback)
This quirky coloring book for grownups offers an inspiring adventure in doodles, shapes, and patterns. 30 vibrantly detailed art activities offer ready-to-color mandala circles of nature, from butterflies and bunnies to dolphins and dragonflies. The author also includes a handy guide to basic art techniques, from patterning and combinations to shading and color theory. Printed on high quality extra-thick paper, it s perfect for decorating with markers, colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors. Designed to eliminate bleed-through, each page is pre-perforated for easy removal and display."
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Jenny Holzer - Contemporary Artists Series (Paperback)
Jenny Holzer - Contemporary Artists Series (Paperback)
Jenny Holzer (b.1950) is one of the most significant artists to work in the public realm since the 1980s. Starting on the streets of New York with simple fly-posters, she has gone on to disseminate her truisms, slogans, memorials and poems through a variety of media. They are enunciated by an unstable register of personae, be it ad-man, stand-up comedian, torturer, victim or evangelist. The sites for her work range from T-shirts and golf balls to dazzling electronic signboards at baseball stadiums. Her work uses language to investigate the nature of ideologies as conscious and unconscious formations about identity and experience. Her complex and poetic texts can be shocking, humorous and intriguing in content. At the same time she draws on Minimalism's use of industrial materials and deploys scale, movement and light to create art of great formal power and beauty. In the Survey, art critic and academic David Joselit surveys Holzer's changing oeuvre, from the first appearance of the streetwise Truisms in the late 1970 to her large-scale installations in museums worldwide. Joan Simon, curator of Holzer's first solo US museum exhibition, discusses with the artist her use of language and its relationship to visual form. In the Focus, Slovenian cultural theorist and philosopher Renata Salecl takes an in-depth look at Holzer's Lustmord series, which was precipitated by the events in the former Yugoslavia and boldly addresses the atrocities committed in war. For the Artist's Choice, the artist's fragmented, unexpected language is mirrored in Samuel Beckett's Ill Seen Ill Said, which the artist has chosen alongside extracts from Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti. A text by the artist on her literary influences accompanies a selection of her signature texts in the Artist's Writings section.
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Photography and its Violations - Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts (Hardback)
Photography and its Violations - Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts (Hardback)
Theorists critique photography for "objectifying" its subjects and manipulating appearances for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography's violating powers of disclosure and aesthetic technique as part of a complex "social ontology" that exposes the hierarchies, divisions, and exclusions behind appearances. The photographer must "arrive unannounced" and "get in the way of the world," Roberts argues, committing photography to the truth-claims of the spectator over the self-interests and sensitivities of the subject. Yet even though the violating capacity of the photograph results from external power relations, the photographer is still faced with an ethical choice: whether to advance photography's truth-claims on the basis of these powers or to diminish or veil these powers to protect the integrity of the subject. Photography's acts of intrusion and destabilization, then, constantly test the photographer at the point of production, in the darkroom, and at the computer, especially in our 24-hour digital image culture. In this game-changing work, Roberts refunctions photography's place in the world, politically and theoretically restoring its reputation as a truth-producing medium.
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Forty Ways to Think About Architecture: Architectural History and Theory Today (Paperback)
Forty Ways to Think About Architecture: Architectural History and Theory Today (Paperback)
How do we think about architecture historically and theoretically? Forty Ways to Think about Architecture provides an introduction to some of the wide-ranging ways in which architectural history and theory are being approached today. The inspiration for this project is the work of Adrian Forty, Professor of Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), who has been internationally renowned as the UK's leading academic in the discipline for 40 years. Forty's many publications, notably Objects of Desire (1986), Words and Buildings (2000) and Concrete and Culture (2012), have been crucial to opening up new approaches to architectural history and theory and have helped to establish entirely new areas of study. His teaching at The Bartlett has enthused a new generation about the exciting possibilities of architectural history and theory as a field. This collection takes in a total of 40 essays covering key subjects, ranging from memory and heritage to everyday life, building materials and city spaces. As well as critical theory, philosophy, literature and experimental design, it refers to more immediate and topical issues in the built environment, such as globalisation, localism, regeneration and ecologies. Concise and engaging entries reflect on architecture from a range of perspectives. Contributors include eminent historians and theorists from elsewhere - such as Jean-Louis Cohen, Briony Fer, Hilde Heynen, Mary McLeod, Griselda Pollock, Penny Sparke and Anthony Vidler - as well as Forty's colleagues from the Bartlett School of Architecture including Iain Borden, Murray Fraser, Peter Hall, Barbara Penner, Jane Rendell and Andrew Saint. Forty Ways to Think about Architecture also features contributions from distinguished architects, such as Tony Fretton, Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth, and well-known critics and architectural writers, such as Tom Dyckhoff, William Menking and Thomas Weaver. Many of the contributors are former students of Adrian Forty. Through these diverse essays, readers are encouraged to think about how architectural history and theory relates to their own research and design practices, thus using the work of Adrian Forty as a catalyst for fresh and innovative thinking about architecture as a subject.
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Ed Ruscha (Paperback)
Ed Ruscha (Paperback)
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) initially gained attention in the early 1960s with paintings, drawings, and photographic books that focused on his fascination with the unique culture, vernacular, and sensibility of his adopted home of Los Angeles. But Ruscha, who is wary of labels, refused to be categorized as a Pop artist, and indeed, his work reaches beyond that classification. He has been considered a "West Coast" artist, and although Los Angeles is undeniably the source of inspiration for his work, the themes he addresses are far-reaching and universal. A renewed interest in Ruscha's work in recent years has led to major exhibitions that toured the U.S., and a number of individual shows in Europe, which reevaluate his work in this broader scope. This is the paperback edition of the first monograph on Ruscha's work; it looks with discernment and insightful detail at the prolific and many-faceted career of an artist whom one could describe as Pop, Conceptual, or Surrealist; a painter as well as a print-, book-and filmmaker. The thematic and loosely chronological structure of the book brings to light the diversity of Ruscha's work, while at the same time underlining the continuity and recurrence of themes and ideas within his ever surprising and prolific career.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings (Hardback)
Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings (Hardback)
The first major presentation in decades of the visionary drawings of the artist-architect and master designer. Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect of vast and unprecedented vision, whose work is not only still admired by the critics and carefully studied by historians but is also widely beloved. Comfortable spaces, humanly scaled, with extraordinary attention to detail-as seen in a range of architectural forms-are at the center of Wright's enduring appeal. This vision and attention is nowhere more evident than in the drawings. It has been said that had Wright left us only drawings, and not his buildings as well, he would still be celebrated for his brilliant artistry, and this is borne out here. Even more significant, and shown here as never before, are the magical first moments of invention and inspiration-Wright's earliest sketches, some never before published-which offer unique insight into the mind of the master architect."Frank Lloyd Wright Designs" is the most important and comprehensive book to be published on the drawings, designs, conceptual sketches, elevations, and plans of Wright, with particular emphasis on the development of certain important projects. It includes the best-known and beloved projects-like Fallingwater, The Coonley House, Midway Gardens, the Guggenheim, the Imperial Hotel-as well as a range of intriguing, unfamiliar, and previously unpublished drawings by Wright.
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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art (Paperback)
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Why would a smart New York investment banker pay twelve million dollars for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No.5 1948 sell for $140 million? 'The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shar'k is the first book to look at the economics of the modern art world, and the marketing strategies that power the market to produce such astronomical prices. Don Thompson talks to auction houses, dealers, and collectors to find out the source of Charles Saatchi's Midas touch, and how far a gallery like White Cube has contributed to Damien Hirst becoming one of the highest-earning artists in the world.
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Dance and Fashion (Hardback)
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Dance and Fashion (Hardback)
Dress and adornment have long played an important role in the visual allure of dance, and fashion designers have often been inspired by the way dancers look. The tutus and pointe shoes of the Romantic ballerina, for example, have influenced designers from Christian Dior to Christian Louboutin. Cristobal Balenciaga was inspired by the drama of flamenco, Yves Saint Laurent by the Orientalism of the Ballet Russes, and Rick Owens by the dynamism of African-American steppers. Fashion designers are also increasingly collaborating with choreographers to create stylish new dance costumes--from the "bump" dresses by Comme des Garcons for Merce Cunningham to Valentino's "Bal de Couture" designs for New York City Ballet. Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristobal Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen. This beautiful book explores for the first time the synergy between dance and fashion, and is an original and inspired contribution to the study of both art forms.
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Skipper's Onboard Knot Guide: Knots, Bends, Hitches and Splices (Paperback)
Skipper's Onboard Knot Guide: Knots, Bends, Hitches and Splices (Paperback)
Anyone going to sea, whether in dinghies, yachts, motorboats or fishing craft needs a few handy knots in their repertoire - to keep things secure on board and to get you out of trouble. Here is a handy, splashproof, accessible guide to 40 of the most useful knots, bends and splices you will ever need - and all with clear step by step sequence photos. The popular spiral binding for fold-back convenience on board, step by step photo sequences, and robust splashproof pages make this an ideal aide memoire for cockpit use.
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Seed Bead Chic: 25 Elegant Projects Inspired by Fine Jewelry (Paperback)
Seed Bead Chic: 25 Elegant Projects Inspired by Fine Jewelry (Paperback)
This title features 25 beautiful seed bead jewellery designs. It achieves the sophistication of high-end jewellery on a homemade budget. It is suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders, including a newly created stitch. Elegant and chic: these 25 handcrafted projects look like the fine jewellery you'd find in high-end boutiques. But why splurge when all it takes to make them are some seed beads and intermediate-to-advanced skills? Featuring a variety of stitches, including the author's newly created right-angle ladder stitch, these stunning pieces cover everything from earrings to brooches. Gorgeous photographs, diagrams, and helpful tips make the beading process simple and pleasurable.
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Mark Rothko: Works on Paper (Hardback)
Mark Rothko: Works on Paper (Hardback)
Mark Rothko, a monumental figure in twentieth-century American art and a founder of Abstract Expressionism, is universally known for his huge paintings depicting floating rectangles of glowing colours. Less well known are his works on paper: he held onto most of these, and they were unavailable and largely unknown during his lifetime and during the long years of litigation that followed his death. Now the finest of them can at last be seen. "Mark Rothko: Works on Paper" presents the intimate legacy of a giant of modern art. As author Bonnie Clearwater writes, 'with the symmetry, tidy execution, and minimal gesture, the small works on paper often seem to be more quintessential Rothko than many of his canvases...They should be appreciated for their subtlety, their directness, and what they disclose about the artist's aesthetic'.
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Threads sew smarter, better & faster: 1, 054 Sewing tips, fitting fixes, and handy techniques (Paperback)
Threads sew smarter, better & faster: 1, 054 Sewing tips, fitting fixes, and handy techniques (Paperback)
Threads Sew Smarter, Better, & Faster is a one-of-a-kind resource that's filled with more than 1,000 Threads-tested tips, shortcuts, and ingenious solutions to sewing emergencies, all organised in an easy-to-access format for quick reference or more leisurely reading. The perfect reference for stitchers at any skill level, this book offers a wealth of information, from a basic lesson in how-to-thread-a-needle to sewing repairs, fitting techniques, and advanced tricks from tailors and couture workshops. You can look under 'Fabric, Thread, & More' to find the perfect method for matching fabric-type to sewing project. There's even a section with sewing shortcuts just for quilters. Whether readers simply wish to replace a button, polish their sewing skills, or stitch an intricate pattern, Threads Sew Smarter, Better, & Faster is like having a friend and sewing expert at your fingertips.
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William Morris Masterpieces of Art - Masterpieces of Art (Hardback)
William Morris Masterpieces of Art - Masterpieces of Art (Hardback)
William Morris was an outstanding character of many talents, being an architect, writer, social campaigner, artist and, with his Kelmscott Press, an important figure of the Arts and Crafts movement. Many of us probably know him best, however, from his superb furnishings and textile designs, intricately weaving together natural motifs in a highly stylized two-dimensional fashion influenced by medieval conventions. William Morris Masterpieces of Art offers a survey of his life and work alongside some of his finest decorative work.
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Building St Pauls (Hardback)
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"Building St Pauls" tells the story of this remarkable building and of those responsible for its construction, from the time of the disastrous Great Fire to the cathedrals final completion in 1708. Christopher Wren is well known, yet this book also considers those ordinary craftsmen whose work on St Pauls has received less attention: the contractors and overseers, the quarrymen on the Isle of Portland, the humble stonemasons and carpenters who shaped the materials. It also unravels the complicated tangle of the cathedrals finances and the struggles for money that at one time threatened to undermine the whole enterprise. By looking at such details, Campbells account reaffirms St Pauls not only as one mans masterwork, but as an incredible collaborative achievement.
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One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (Paperback)
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One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (Paperback)
Site-specific art emerged in the late 1960s in reaction to the growing commodification of art and the prevailing ideals of art's autonomy and universality. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, as site-specific art intersected with land art, process art, performance art, conceptual art, installation art, institutional critique, community-based art, and public art, its creators insisted on the inseparability of the work and its context. In recent years, however, the presumption of unrepeatability and immobility encapsulated in Richard Serra's famous dictum "to remove the work is to destroy the work" is being challenged by new models of site specificity and changes in institutional and market forces. One Place after Another offers a critical history of site-specific art since the late 1960s and a theoretical framework for examining the rhetoric of aesthetic vanguardism and political progressivism associated with its many permutations. Informed by urban theory, postmodernist criticism in art and architecture, and debates concerning identity politics and the public sphere, the book addresses the siting of art as more than an artistic problem. It examines site specificity as a complex cipher of the unstable relationship between location and identity in the era of late capitalism. The book addresses the work of, among others, John Ahearn, Mark Dion, Andrea Fraser, Donald Judd, Renee Green, Suzanne Lacy, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Richard Serra, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Fred Wilson.
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