One and the Many Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context

ISBN-10: 0822349876
ISBN-13: 9780822349877
Edition: 2011
Authors: Grant H. Kester
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Description: Collaborative and collective art practices have proliferated around the world over the past fifteen years. In The One and the ManyGrant Kester provides an overview of the broader continuum of collaborative art, ranging from the work of artists and  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/12/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Collaborative and collective art practices have proliferated around the world over the past fifteen years. In The One and the ManyGrant Kester provides an overview of the broader continuum of collaborative art, ranging from the work of artists and groups widely celebrated in the mainstream art world, such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Superflex, Francis Alÿs and Santiago Sierra, to the less publicized projects of groups such as Park Fiction in Hamburg, NICA in Myanmar, Ala Plastica in Argentina, Huit Facettes in Senegal, and Dialogue in central India. The work of these groups often overlaps with the activities of NGOs, activists, and urban planners. Kester argues that these parallels are symptomatic of an important transition in contemporary art practice, as conventional notions of aesthetic autonomy are being re-defined and renegotiated. He describes a shift from a concept of art as something envisioned beforehand by the artist and placed before the viewer, to the concept of art as a process of reciprocal creative labor. The One and the Manypresents a critical framework that addresses the new forms of agency and identity mobilized by the process of collaborative production.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Semantics of Collaboration
Art Practice and the Intellectual Baroque
Autonomy, Antagonism, and The Aesthetic
From Text to Action
Park Fiction, Ala Plastica, and Dialogue
Relational Antagonism
The Risk of Diversity
Programmatic Multiplicity
Art Theory and the Post-structuralist Canon
The Genius Of The Place
Lessons in Futility
Enclosure Acts
The Twelfth Seat and the Mirrored Ceiling
The Atelier as Workshop
Labor, Praxis, and Representation
The Divided and Incomplete Subject of Yesterday
Memories of Development
The Limits of Ethical Capitalism
The Art of the Locality
Eminent Domain: Art and Urban Space
Blindness and Insight
The Invention of the Public
The Boulevards of the Inner City
Park Fiction: Desire, Resistance, and Complicity
A Culture of Needles: Project Row Houses in Houston
Notes
References
Index

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