Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy
In Cultural Revolution, Amsterdam-based historian and critic Sven Lütticken (b. 1971) looks at art and other forms of aesthetic practice in the context of our rapidly expanding and transforming cultural sphere. Addressing the renewed relevance of the notion of autonomy in a situation in which “the autonomy of art” is a stale, historical joke, Lütticken examines practices ranging from Black Mask to Subversive Aktion, from 1960s Dutch activist group Provo to Occupy, from Wet Dreams to Metahaven, and from New World Academy to Gulf Labor. Across the pages of this book, Scarlett Johansson meets Paul Chan, and Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes mingles with Paul Lafargue, Rudi Dutschke and Alexandre Kojève. Lütticken is editor for the Witte Raaf and publishes regularly in art magazines such as Jong Holland, Artforum, New Left Review, Afterimage, Texte für Kunst and Camera Austria. Author of Sternberg titles History in Motion (2013) and Idols of the Market (2009).
5 ½ x 8 ½ in. / 176 pp / 30 b&w
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Essays on Literature
Niamh Dunphy (Ed.)
Not since the surrealists and high moderns have artists engaged writing as an art form, until now. Noted contemporary writer, poet and professor John Douglas Millar’s timely and significant examination of contemporary artist-produced literature proposes a framework for understanding current conceptual writing. Divided into two parts, Millar first focuses on conceptual writing as a critique of literary institutions, disembodied labor and high-capitalist digital production; and second, on the work of contemporary artists experimenting with writing. Engaging current debate on the place of artist-produced writings in the context of contemporary art, Millar covers a variety of subjects including conceptualism and romanticism, allegory, appropriation, dialectical images, conceptual writing and the digital in the work of Paul B. Preciado, Chris Kraus and Pierre Guyotat, among others. Charting the highs and lows of the conceptual turn in poetics and tracing avant-garde literary genealogies, Brutalist Readings explores radical histories of writing and its current potential.
5 ¾ x 8 ¹⁄³ in. / 186 pp
Retail Price: $25.00