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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 c ...more
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Published April 18th 1996 by University of California Press (first published April 18th 1995)
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KG Gardner
Research for DPhil thesis
Amani Bryant
If you want to know for real how cracked out your favorite contemporary artist is, find his/her essay within, read, go "wtf?", read it again in case you missed something, go "wtf?" again, vow to never read artists' statements again, feel better and move on with life.
Sherri Haymond
Kristine was one of my professors at Duke, and I learned more from her than any other teacher I've ever had. This is tremendous collection of artists' writings. Essential for anyone interested in art history, cultural studies and everything in between.
Eliza
This book is so important, I have 2 copies! I reference it all the time. Highly recommended.
Evan
Essays, interviews, manifestos -- primary documents from fantastic visual artists across the 20th c. But it's divided not by group or time, but by issues: sections like "Geometric Abstraction," "Figuration," "Material Culture and Everyday Life," "Process," "Installations," "Language" -- it's all there and you've got artists from across the spectrum elbowing one another to describe how these issues can be addressed.

A great book to dip into here and there. And if you make somekinda art on your own
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ej
A collection of primary sources that are some of the coolest interviews I've ever read. If you're a fan of modern art and enjoy reading interviews, essays, and process descriptions, I suggest obtaining a copy of this book. While it is fairly expensive, amazon.com has good prices for used copies.
katie
required reading for anyone into art. excellent resource for art thoughts by the people who make it. chock full of interviews, artist's statements, journals, etc. from pollock to jenny holzer.
Matty
Good interviews, but it is mostly painters. Very narrow view of contemporary art when it comes to mediums. Good source book for direct writings from the artists though.
Alberta
Nov 29, 2012 Alberta rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
Wow! And whew! An extremely comprehensive look at a period of art with examples of writing and interviews with many, many artists.
Bethany
ah, art school. i actually read all of my art school text books, still have them, and still use them.
Tiffany
great teaching tool for students learning how to WRITE about their works!!!funny stuff too...
James Carroll
Big, thick and a lot of information, but well worth the few months it took to read.
Nicholas McPhail
highly recommended for anyone interested in contemporary art theory.
Christina knox
a pretty good indexical reference to being completely full of shit.
Sergio  Pizzo Barrale
all time favorite!!
read it in parts.
a lot of important documents
Laura
Digesting.
tallulah
also a classic
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Carolee Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist whose painting, photography, film, video, performance art, and installation works have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the National Film Theatre (London), and Anthology Film Archives (New York). She is the recipie ...more
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