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The significance of the archive in modernity and in contemporary art; writings by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Hal Foster, and others, and essays on the archival practice of such artists as Gerhard Richter, Christian Boltanski, Ren'e Green, and The Atlas Group.

In the modern era, the archive -- official or personal -- has become the most significant means by which
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Paperback, 207 pages
Published December 6th 2006 by Mit Press (first published January 2006)
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amy
Dec 18, 2018 added it
Tons of short essays and selections from all over. Wouldn't recommend reading them all at once -- it's kind of a lot. "Discovered" (haha ugh) one possible early source for the "archives are neutral" straw man argument. (It was always a straw man.)

Also lol at this cover. The Archive! It's full of ladies!
Suzanne LaPierre
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is the most comprehensive book I've found on contemporary art relating to the theme and function of the archive. It's a great resource for those doing research on the topic, but a bit esoteric for the casual reader. Some of the pieces are excerpts but can point one in the direction of other sources. The introduction by Charles Merewhether is a good overview of the theme. See Fred Wilson's Mining the Museum for another great example of a conceptual re-interpretation of a historical society ...more
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Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Archives are art.
Ruth
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Nice collection of essays dealing with the archive as a methodology for shaping and constructing meaning. Derrida, Hal Foster, Freud, and many working artists.
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