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Failure

(Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)

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Amid the global uncertainties of our times, failure has become a central subject of investigation in recent art. Celebrating failed promises and myths of the avant-garde, or setting out to realize seemingly impossible tasks, artists have actively claimed the space of failure to propose a resistant view of the world. Here success is deemed overrated, doubt embraced, experim ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by MIT Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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A majority of this book focuses on critics and colleagues interpreting the nature of other artists' work. I felt some essays are more honest than others. As case studies the individual incorporations of entropy, deterioration, and incompletion by particular artists through the lens of an observer is mesmerizing and a kind of post-modernist resistance to institutionalizing artists into collectivized methods or movements. However, I would have enjoyed more essays that placed these artistic practic ...more
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