By Claire Bishop. 2012.
Main Stacks: N6494.I57 B57 2012
Like all good criticism, Claire Bishop’s Artificial Hells adds both context and complexity to the subject it examines. This book traces the lineage of participatory art (the author’s umbrella term for socially engaged art, social practice, political art, etc.) and gives a historical frame of reference for investigating the current incarnations of this form of art-making. Throughout her work, Bishop maintains a critical stance and offers an insightful assessment of this practice. She refuses to unquestioningly accept the social and artistic worth or efficacy of participatory art, and makes a convincing argument of the need to refine the standards by which we judge such works. To her credit as well, Bishop deftly incorporates into her arguments the work of complex theorists and philosophers like Jacques Rancière and Felix Guattari – making their concepts clear and relevant in relation to her position. Artificial Hells is a book well worth reading for those interested in contemporary artistic practice or the intersections of art and social/political action.
Recommended by Matthew Ducmanas, Circulation Supervisor.
The Journal of the Month for the New Year is also new to our collection! As the art industry’s news leader since 1977, Art Business News stays true to its mission of reporting the latest industry news and emerging trends driving the fine art market. The magazine’s editors collaborate with industry leaders to develop cutting-edge editorial that will keep readers ahead of the curve.
The Winter 2012 issue features:
“What’s It Worth?”—The commandments of pricing your work with confidence.
“iPainting the Future”—Sheila Elias has taken the art and technology worlds by storm with her innovative iPad creations.
“Daria Bagrintseva Has It All”—Investigating the creative drive—and commercial success—of one of the art world’s rising stars.
Be sure to check out this month’s journal along with the rest of our collection!
The Journal of the Month for December 2012 is Asian Art News.
Asian Art News focuses on engaging issues surrounding contemporary art in Asia. The magazine includes articles on art history in Asia, news, poetry, and artist profiles.
Volume 22, No. 6 Features:
From Japan: From Flowers to Fireflies – Yayoi Kusama stands as a truly iconic figure at the center of contemporary art worldwide. Her boldness, sensitivity, and willingness to take risks have been central to the success of her extraordinary oeuvre. Her art and its associations are as relevant today as they were five decades ago.
From Hong Kong: Transcending Time – Over the past decade, mid-career painter Tsang Chuimei has carved out a unique position for herself in the Hong Kong art world. Her painting embraces both modern Western art expression and Chinese literati traditions. Tsang’s refreshing and unique aesthetic beckons the viewer into her private and introspective world.
From India: The Conundrum of Modern India – The world of contemporary Indian art is a dynamic, rich, and colorful one. Due to the vast range of ethnic cultures and their singular expressions, contemporary India can only be glimpsed at in a single exhibition. But a recent exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art provided a vibrant snapshot of India’s contemporary art scene.
Be sure to browse Asian Art News along with all the other journals the Library has to offer!