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Reflecting on memory rather than thinking about progress underlined much of the art produced in the 90s. Taking her cue, Green has developed a labyrinth of multiple gazes, themselves infinite references to the West’s history, music, literature, art, politics and cinema. Her work (printed here on thick paper in this well-produced catalogue) evokes emigrant, mass tourist, artist and soldier as it analyses our notion of the past and the power of vision. Includes extensive notes by Green, penetrating essays by Alex Alberro and Nora M. Alter, as well as full-page examples of Green’s work and various interviews.

The term “time-based art” is ostensibly a well-known construct by this point, encompassing video, audio and performance work but not textiles or other objects. Yet Ren e Green, whose complex installation art has long troubled easy oppositions such as public/ private, center/margin, and history/ fiction, complicates the idea of time-based art as well, recycling the otherwise “static” elements in her vibrant multimedia environments from year to year, thus mobilizing a more expansive notion of the “time-based” to situate her practice in history. Conceived for Green’s 2010 exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, this volume appraises the intellectual complexity of Green’s ever-evolving art.

In the modern era, the archive—official or personal—has become the most significant means by which historical knowledge and memory are collected, stored, and recovered. The archive has thus emerged as a key site of inquiry in such fields as anthropology, critical theory, history, and, especially, recent art. Traces and testimonies of such events as World War II and ensuing conflicts, the emergence of the postcolonial era, and the fall of communism have each provoked a reconsideration of the authority given the archive—no longer viewed as a neutral, transparent site of record but as a contested subject and medium in itself. This volume surveys the full diversity of our transformed theoretical and critical notions of the archive—as idea and as physical presence—from Freud’s “mystic writing pad” to Derrida’s “archive fever”; from Christian Boltanski’s first autobiographical explorations of archival material in the 1960s to the practice of artists as various as Susan Hiller, Ilya Kabakov, Thomas Hirshhorn, Renée Green, and The Atlas Group in the present.

As stunning and complex as the music it celebrates, this book presents essays, photographs, archival material, and artworks that pay tribute to one of the world’s most daring and innovative record labels. Founded by the legendary producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, a moment when contemporary music was being redefined across all genres, ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) aimed to bring jazz, improvised, and written music out of the studio and into living rooms around the world. Acoustically rich and expansive, ECM’s productions set new standards in sonic complexity. ECM recorded some of the world’s most extraordinary music, and its stable features some of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, including Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Steve Reich, Carla Bley, Meredith Monk, Marion Brown, Codona, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Arvo Pärt. Renowned for its high standards of quality, clarity, and freshness, ECM remains a cornerstone in the industry today. This comprehensive volume showcases ECM’s cultural breadth, not just in the music world but also within the broader artistic universe. It highlights aspects of African American music of the 1960s in Europe, during the height of the American Civil Rights era, as well as the changing relationships between musicians, music, and listeners. In exploring the work of ECM, this catalog brings together a range of visual arts–installation pieces, photography, and film–alongside essays and an anthology of liner notes.

The book features all 153 original posters created by the 127 artists invited to participate in It’s Urgent!, an open-form touring exhibition. Artists from all over the world responded to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s invitation to address the most pressing themes of our times―ecology, inequality, common future, solidarity, anti-racism and social justice. It’s Urgent! aims to make the artists’ ideas open up to new audiences and insert them into public life and the community at large. Artists include: Etel Adnan, Tania Bruguera, Olafur Eliasson, Hans Haacke, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, David Adjaye, Mark Bradford, Judy Chicago, Douglas Coupland, Jimmie Durham, Formafantasma, Cao Fei, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Liam Gillick, Renée Green, Newton Harrison, Luchita Hurtado, Pierre Huyghe, Koo Jeong A, Josh Kline, Suzanne Lacy, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Raymond Pettibon, Raqs Media Collective, Peter Saville, Stephen Shore, Lawrence Weiner and Stanley Whitney.

Set of 18 volumes in cardboard box 17 x 22,5 cm. Volume 1 : Antwerpen 1958-1969. — Volume 2 : Teksten / Texts by Bart Cassiman, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Iwona Blazwick, Yves Aupetitallot, Bruce Ferguson, Reesa Greenberg, Sandy Nairne, Homi K. Bhaba, Mauro Ceruti and Hugo Soly. — 16 volumes, contributions by artists : Judith Barry, Zarina Bhimji, Sylvia Bossu, Patrick Corillon, Fausto Delle Chiaie, Mark Dion, Eugenio Dittborn, Jimmie Durham, Maria Eichhorn, Andrea Fraser, Renee Green, Bethan Huws, Ann Veronica Janssens, Laurie Parsons, Mathias Poledna, Luca Vitone.

Situation–a unique set of conditions produced in both space and time and ranging across material, social, political, and economic relations–has become a key concept in twenty-first-century art. Rooted in artistic practices of the 1960s and 1970s, the idea of situation has evolved and transcended these in the current context of globalization. This anthology offers key writings on areas of art practice and theory related to situation, including notions of the site specific, the artist as ethnographer or fieldworker, the relation between action and public space, the meaning of place and locality, and the crucial role of the curator in recent situation specific art. In North America and Europe, the site-specific is often viewed in terms of resistance to art’s commoditization, while elsewhere situation-specific practices have defied institutions of authority. The contributors discuss these recent tendencies in the context of proliferating international biennial exhibitions, curatorial place-bound projects, and strategies by which artists increasingly unsettle the definition and legitimation of situation-based art.Artists surveyed include [from Ian 1/30]Vito Acconci, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Carl Andre, Artist Placement Group, Michael Asher, Amy Balkin, Ursula Biemann, Bik Van der Pol, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Janet Cardiff, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Adam Chodzko, Collective Actions, Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Andrea Fraser, Hamish Fulton, Dan Graham, Liam Gillick, Renée Green, Group Material, Douglas Huebler, Bethan Huws, Pierre Huyghe, Robert Irwin, Emily Jacir, Ilya Kabakov, Leopold Kessler, Július Koller, Langlands & Bell, Ligna, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Graeme Miller, Jonathan Monk, Robert Morris, Gabriel Orozco, Walid Ra’ad, Raqs Media Collective, Paul Rooney, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Richard Serra, Situationist International, Tony Smith, Robert Smithson, Vivan Sundaram, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner, Rachel Whiteread, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Qiu Zhijie Writers include Arjun Appaduri, Marc Augé, Wim Beeren, Josephine Berry Slater, Daniel Birnbaum, Ava Bromberg, Susan Buck-Morss, Michel de Certeau, Douglas Crimp, Gilles Deleuze, T. J. Demos, Rosalyn Deutsche, Thierry de Duve, Charles Esche, Graeme Evans, Patricia Falguières, Marina Fokidis, Hal Foster, Hou Hanrou, Brian Holmes, Mary Jane Jacob, Vasif Kortun, Miwon Kwon, Lu Jie, Doreen Massey, James Meyer, Ivo Mesquita, Brian O’Doherty, Craig Owens, Irit Rogoff, Peter Weibel

Institutional Critique and After explores the history and contemporary reassessment of the Institutional Critique movement launched in the late 1960s by artists including Michael Asher and Hans Haacke. One of the movement’s key aims was the exposure and ironization of the structures and logic of museums and art galleries. The movement was redeveloped in the 1980s and after by Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Fred Wilson, and others who engaged in more interactive and performative interventions; and has been vigorously reoriented in recent years to address issues such as globalization. The publication will explore histories, theories, diverse locations and different kinds of institutional and alternative space. It will touch on traditional forms of art, but also on installations, performance, new media practices, and cultural activism. Its central questions will turn on the critical potential of art (and institutions) and whether—and if so how—they can stimulate social or political change. With texts by art historians, critics, curators, and artists such as John Searle, Hans Haacke, Alexander Alberro, Maria Eichhorn, Andrea Fraser, Isabelle Graw, Martin Sastre, Renée Green, Lynn Zelevansky, Monica Bonvicini, Christiane Paul, The Guerilla Girls, Juli Carson, Javier Téllez, Astrid Mania, Amy Pederson, The Yes Men, Lauri Firstenberg, Jens Hoffmann, Mike Kelley, and Ricardo Dominguez. Published with The Southern California Consortium of Art Schools (SoCCAS), as the second volume of a series of anthologies dedicated to contemporary art issues.

This two-volume catalog offers essays, artist texts, and interviews, as well as documentation of every installation included in the Berlin Biennale. Featured artists include Carlos Amorales, Joseph Grigely, Inka Essenhigh, Aernout Mik, Jonathan Ocampo, Surasai Monk, Alicia Framis, Liam Gillick, and Renee Green. Edited by Saskia Bos. Essays by Daniel Birnbaum, Saskia Bos, Nicolas Bourriaud and Annie Fletcher. Artists include: Carlos Amorales, Fiona Banner, Parastou Forouhar, Alicia Framis, Kendell Geers, Liam Gillick, Renee Green, Joseph Grigely, Christian Jankowski, Aernout Mik, Adi Rosenblum, Manuel Ocampo, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Dan Peterman, Rosangela Renno, Anri Sala and Fred Tomaselli.

Il catalogo accompagna l’esposizione Books!, promossa da Artelibro e dal Mart di Trento e Rovereto in occasione dell’edizione 2008 del Festival del libro d’arte di Bologna, che propone una selezione di pregiati libri d’artista provenienti dal fondo Liliana Dematteis. Questa collezione, recentemente depositato presso il Mart di Trento e Rovereto, annovera oltre 1000 libri d’artista datati dagli anni cinquanta a oggi, raccolti dalla nota gallerista torinese e attenta studiosa di questo singolare mezzo espressivo, e costituisce senza dubbio una delle più rappresentative in Italia, non solo per la grande quantità di opere, ma in particolare per la loro qualità, dovuta all’oculatezza con la quale sono stati selezionati. La mostra presenta 150 esemplari, realizzati dagli esponenti delle maggiori correnti artistiche del dopoguerra, dal concettuale americano all’arte povera italiana, da fluxus alla transavanguardia, senza dimenticare Yves Klein, Luigi Veronesi e Bruno Munari, precursori dell’uso delle pagine come forma d’arte. Una particolare attenzione è rivolta ai libri successivi al 1990, giacché intensa, ma poco conosciuta, è la produzione a noi più vicina, rappresentata da artisti ormai consacrati nello scenario del contemporaneo, come Marina Abramovic, Reneé Green, Rebecca Horn, Antoni Muntadas, Peter Wuthrich, ma anche da giovani e consolidati italiani tra i quali Stefano Arienti, Monica Bonvicini, Eva Marisaldi, Marzia Migliora e Luca Vitone. Il catalogo accoglie i testi di Melania Gazzotti e Roberto Antolini, un’intervista a Liliana De Matteis, e appendici bibliografiche.

In an urban zone crisscrossed by multilane freeways and gridded with broad boulevards, the roadside billboards of Los Angeles may well be the city’s most visible platform for art. How Many Billboards? documents a 2010 project in which billboards in Los Angeles were turned over to 23 artists to do with as they wished, asserting the ongoing legacy of California Conceptualism and its combination of language-based strategies with Pop-inflected aesthetics. “Astonish!” declares Kenneth Anger’s billboard, in commanding upper-case orange lettering, recapitulating Diaghilev’s famous advice to Cocteau. “I Look Good, I Know,” says Yvonne Rainer’s billboard; “I Can’t Hear, I Can’t See, But I Look Good.” Martha Rosler’s collaboration with Josh Neufeld makes a plea for spending on higher education in California, and Renee Green’s image of a darkened shore with silhouetted figures gathered near a tourist ferry is accompanied by the two-line commentary “Strangers begin again/Native strangers hosting.” Other artists participating in this occasion are Michael Asher, Jennifer Bornstein, Eileen Cowin, Christina Fernandez, Ken Gonzales Day, Kira Lynn Harris, Larry Johnson, John Knight, David Lamelas, Brandon Lattu, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Kori Newkirk, Allen Ruppersberg, Allan Sekula, Susan Silton, Kerry Tribe, Jim Welling and Lauren Woods. Essays by Kimberli Meyer, Gloria Sutton and Nizan Shaked, who co-curated the project, contextualize the works in relation to Conceptual and Pop art idioms, provide background material on the artists and outline the MAK Center’s plans to enliven public space.

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