The Uncertainty Principle
Within the realm of science, the uncertainty principle speaks of the fundamental limits of knowledge and measurement vis-à-vis the external world. Critic Martin Herbert’s compact collection of essays examine layers of unknowing and open-endedness within a diversity of contemporary art practices since the 1970s. If a work of art is always completed by the viewer, as Marcel Duchamp put it, then the works considered here equate completion with construction. In navigating us through a succession of artists’ approaches, Herbert, an associate editor for ArtReview and frequent contributor to Artforum and Frieze, discloses how constructed experiences of “not knowing” can lead to deep engagements to themes from history to politics, epistemology to our own mortality.
5 x 8 1/4 inches / 184 pp / 39 b&w
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