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''A Voyage on the North Sea'': Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition (Walter Neurath Memorial Lectures)
Based on the 1999 Walter Neurath Memorial Lecture, this book uses the work of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers to argue that the specifity of mediums, even modernist ones, can never be simply collapsed into the physicality of their support.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 17th 2000 by Thames & Hudson
(first published January 14th 2000)
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it's true that ms. krauss is perhaps a wee bit too marxist for my taste, but after reading Voyage, i am saddened when i think about the state of my life beforehand, when i didn't know much more about marcel broodthaers than that he existed, was belgian and had a thing for conceptual art and eagles. krauss' portrait of broodthaers and his part in questioning the necessity of theory and the roles of medium in art makes me want to plaster my room with pictures of him and then run to the anthology f ...more
An excellent book and very interesting with the added benefit of being... erm... short. I feel like a total wuss for saying that but I seem to have had several encounters with very interesting books lately which have not been short and therefore have needed to be returned to the library before I was really ready to part with them and then I haven't been reunited with them as other things have needed to be read too. But I digress into my own failings here. This book was definitely a quick read th ...more
Krauss, as always, is unbeatable. Her prose is as gripping as Arnie's in 'The Terminator' with almost flawless argumentation. However, the book's preconditioning imperative on the ontology of the medium proved somewhat relativized by her subsequent untiring lamentation against installation and participatory / relational art - while failing to complicate this arguably obsolete stance.