What challenges does exhibiting a work pose to the inherent muteness of objects? How do artists choose to speak on behalf of inanimate artifacts and byproducts of material culture and the natural world? This volume coincides with an exhibition that examines these questions and is organized around the idea that objects possess narrative histories that the conventions of display can only, at best, approximate. In recent years, the continued emphasis on an art of ideas—inherited from the legacies of Conceptual and post-Conceptual art—has sought to broaden the function of everyday objects. Artists have, as a result, developed textual and non-textual approaches that reveal a faith in objects to communicate as well as skepticism of the promises of unmediated expression. The book is illustrated with works by Darren Bader, Kasper Bosmans, Carol Bove, Andrea Büttner, Jason Dodge, Haris Epaminonda, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Antonio Vega Macotela, Jill Magid, Dave McKenzie, Christodoulos Panayiotou, and others.
ARAM MOSHAYEDI is a curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
LYNNE TILLMAN is a novelist, cultural critic, and Professor/Writer-in-Residence at the University of Albany.
HAMZA WALKER is Director of Education and Associate Curator, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.
With contributions from
Akira Mizuta Lippit,
Hardcover, 160 pages, 17,0 x 23,5 cm, 75 color illustrations
$ 49.95 | £ 39.99
Publishing House: Prestel
US January 15, 2018
UK January 15, 2018