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Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space

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When these essays first appeared in Artforum in 1976, their impact was immediate. They were discussed, annotated, cited, collected, and translated—the three issues of Artforum in which they appeared have become nearly impossible to obtain. Having Brian O'Doherty's provocative essays available again is a signal event for the art world. This edition also includes "The Galler ...more
Paperback, Expanded, 120 pages
Published January 14th 2000 by University of California Press (first published September 1st 1985)
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Patrick Gaughan
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book calls the gallery context into question. Though white walls strive to be neutral, they create their own set of expectations about the work. O'Doherty points to a series of great examples of artists who subvert gallery expectations, one by hanging a photo of the gallery wall on the gallery wall. O'Doherty also calls attention to what he refers to as the Eye and the Spectator. Painting requires only an eye. When looking at a painting, what is the body supposed to do? Installation work en ...more
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: artists, curators, art historians
Santa Monica Museum of Art is doing a Michael Asher show and Michael recommended this book. We're having a book club meeting about it on February 12, moderated by Stephan Pascher. Join the SMMoA book club!
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Having previously read some experts from articles in this text, I decided it would be beneficial to read the entire collection, and I'm glad I did. Its short (although some parts I had to re-read) and thought provoking, (even though I disagreed with some assumptions and links). I would recommend the entirety of this text to anyone interested in galleries, Contemporary Art, or the art market in general. Major chunks can be found online (JStor ect.).
Julia Hendrickson
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Worth the read, classic, but less grounded in historical analysis than in personal theories about art.
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: aesthetics
I always have my senior BFA students read the first part of this in my class. A lot gets accomplished when thinking this way about the gallery space.
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Brian O'Doherty is an Irish art critic, writer, artist, and academic. He was born at Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon in 1928, and grew up in Dublin. He studied medicine at University College Dublin, and did post-graduate work at Cambridge University and at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has lived in New York for more than 50 years.
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