This book retraces one year in the life of Rob Pruitt (born 1964) through the quotidian objects that the artist once loved, consumed, then finally sold. An extension of the flea markets he has organized since the early 1990s, this collection―sold on eBay from September 2013 to September 2014―unearths the fragments of Pruitt’s life.

With a mix of irreverence and sincerity, artists John Baldessari and Meg Cranston here tackle nothing less than the question of God. Acting as curators, they have invited 100 artists to respond to one of art’s most enduring challenges: picturing the divine. The artists selected are those whose work the curators know and admire, those who possess the sense of humor and audacity necessary for such a project, or artists who are “likely to surprise.” The works in this exhibition explore many different themes, including miracles, divine intervention, baptism, heaven, martyrdom, and the search for enlightenment. Included is one work by each of the 100 artists–primarily drawings, photographs, and paintings, along with a few sculptures and single-channel videos–some of them made in response to the curators’ call for participation. Represented artists include Reverend Ethan Acres, Eleanor Antin, Chris Burden, Sam Durant, Jimmie Durham, Nicole Eisenman, Katharina Fritsch, Liam Gillick, Jack Goldstein, Scott Grieger, Rebecca Horn, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, Mary Kelly, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Lawler, Roy Lichtenstein, Rita McBride, Paul McCarthy, Catherine Opie, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Raymond Pettibon, Paul Pfeiffer, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt & Jonathan Horowitz, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, Gary Simmons, Lawrence Weiner, James Welling, and Franz West.

The Americans — New Art is the first book to survey the most recent wave of young American contemporary artists, including many individuals who have only just begun to emerge onto the international scene. These artists belong to a generation that has developed an energetic & coherent alternative to the expansive & often brash aesthetic dismantled by the bubble-burst downturn of the American economy at the end of the 1980s. Featuring a selection of the work of 30 artists that demonstrates the use of both cutting-edge & traditional media, the book includes 200 illustrations, offering a stimulating mix of painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film & video. This group, most of whom are in their twenties or thirties, differ significantly from their exuberant Young British Artist counterparts. Their work is marked by a mood of speculation & introspection together with an approach to making art that verges on the obsessive-compulsive. The Americans — New Art includes the work of cult figures such as Fred Tomaselli & Tim Hawkinson, as well as newer names, such as installation artist Ricci Albenda & sculptor Rachel Feinstein; other artists include Jeff Burton, Liz Craft, Rob Pruitt, T J Wilcox, Kara Walker, Arturo Herrera, Jonathan Horowitz, Tony Matelli, Evan Holloway, Tom Friedman, John Pilson, Brian Calvin, Paul Sietsema, Erik Parker, Piotr Uklanski, Ellen Gallagher, Amy Adler & Roe Ethridge. Also includes four essays by leading contemporary art writers, including Barbican Art Gallery curator, Mark Sladen. Published in association with the Barbican Art Gallery, London. Designed by Joseph Burrin at Big Corporate Disco.

The first Tirana Biennale–and its vivid, eclectic, smartly-designed catalogue–is a riotous, excellent sign of the coming of a new era for Albania’s artistic community. Despite scepticism, more than 300 international artists participated in the event, including Vanessa Beecroft, Olaf Breuning, Maurizio Cattelan, Rineke Dijkstra, Micha Klein, Shirin Neshat, Rob Pruitt, and Gregor Schneider.
Edited by Giancarlo Politi. Introduction by Edi Rama & Gezim Qendro. Essays by Ahu Antmen, Francesco Bonami, Chaos Y. Chen, Jim Cook, Jiri David, Patricia Ellis, Marina Fokidis, Massimiliano Gioni, Jens Hoffmann, Helena Kontova, Jan-Erik Lundstrom, Edi Muka, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gea Politi, Paul Quinones, Michele Robecchi, Andreas Schlaegel, Wolf Gunter Thiel and Oliviero Toscani.

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In SITE Santa Fe’s Eighth International Biennial, held in 2010, curated by Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco, emerging and established artists working in many media displayed works that mined techniques of early animation and moving-image technologies to create a hybrid practice of homespun plus high-tech. This exquisitely designed volume arising from the event is titled The Dissolve, a title that points both at this new sensibility emerging from the old and at the two-way nature of the dissolve in moving images as both ephemeral and generative. The Dissolvepresents art by Robert Breer, Paul Chan, Martha Colburn, Thomas Demand, Ezra Johnson, Bill T. Jones, William Kentridge, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Raymond Pettibon, Rob Pruitt, Robin Rhode and others. Scholars Nancy Mowll Mathews, Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco contribute essays on the concept of the hybridization of new media combined with painting, drawing and collage. Also included are a timeline of animation practices and an artists’ panel discussion.

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