A Recent History of Independent Art Schools
What are the possibilities and limits of self-organized art education in the 21st century? What can be borrowed from traditional academies, and what should be jettisoned? A substantial survey of self-organized art schools and alternative education initiatives, School presents a range of projects in London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Lagos, Mexico City, Ramallah and St. Petersburg, among others. Founding artists, curators and educators map the fertile but contested territory of student debt, the MFA system, the “pedagogical turn,” and the future of art schools. Includes Ahmet Ögüt—founder of The Silent University, organized by migrant academics and political refugees, a multilingual, nomadic institution in Germany—Tania Bruguera, Chto Delat, Ryan Gander and Wael Shawky. Sam Thorne, director of Nottingham Contemporary, UK, and regular contributing editor of Frieze.org and other international publications including Tate Etc, is founding director of Open School East, a free art school located in a former public library in East London.
4 ¾ x 7 ½ in. / 300 pp / 60 b&w
Retail Price: $28.00
Carl Andre: Love Poet in Marxist Overalls
An insightful philosophical essay on the work of minimalist sculptor Carl Andre by Brooklyn-based poet and critic Jeremy Sigler (b.1968). While researching and editing the catalog for Andre’s recent retrospective at Dia Art Foundation, Sigler gleaned surprising new readings from a series of lost negatives that resurfaced at Dia. Shot by Andre’s close friend and collaborator Hollis Frampton in the 1960s, the photos depict small, carved wooden artworks—many lost or destroyed shortly after being photographed. Sigler draws connections between these early inchoate artworks and Andre’s later scatters, spills and floor pieces, all of which are analyzed through a compellingly personal lens. Writing on Andre’s poetry and his confounding book-length masterpiece, Stillanovel, Sigler further proposes that Andre’s greatest contribution may be to literature. Is it possible that one of the modern era’s greatest experimental love poets is hiding in plain sight, disguised as a unionized blue-chip art worker? Sigler taught at Yale University School of Arts, edited the Swiss art journal Parkett, and has published numerous books of poetry.
4 ¾ x 7 in. / 48 pp
Retail Price: $18.00