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From Margin to Center: The Spaces of Installation Art
Unlike traditional art works, installation art has no autonomous existence. It is usually created at the exhibition site, and its essence is spectator participation. Installation art originated as a radical art form presented only at alternative art spaces; its assimilation into mainstream museums and galleries is a relatively recent phenomenon. The move of installation ar ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 24th 2001 by Mit Press
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Less a history of installation art itself and more an account of its changing position in critical discourse, Julie Reiss's book looked like an unusually self-aware contribution to the discipline of art history. Unfortunately, her discussion of installation arts critical reception too often seems to follow a mass-comm methodology in which major art publications are surveyed for the frequency that certain key themes or key words emerge. Her account of the politics of installation art in the 1970s ...more
This book is specifically about installation art in New York from the late fifties until the early nineties. She focuses more on exhibition and critical reaction to installation art than to theory about it. The book is strongest when she discusses the seventies works and their growth into institutional acceptance.