Appropriation

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Overview

Scavenging, replicating, or remixing, many influential artists today reinvent a legacy of "stealing" images and forms from other makers. Among the diverse, often contestatory strategies included under the heading "appropriation" are the readymade,détournement, pastiche, rephotography, recombination, simulation and parody. Although appropropriation is often associated with the 1980s practice of such artists as Peter Halley,Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman, as well as the critical discourse of postmodernism and the simulacral theory of Jean Baudrillard, appropriation's significance for art is not limited by that cultural and political moment. In an expanded art-historical frame, this book recontextualizes avant-garde photomontage, the Duchampian readymade, and the Pop image among such alternative precursors as Francis Picabia, Bertolt Brecht, Guy Debord, Akasegawa Genpei, Dan Graham,Cildo Meireles, and Martha Rosler. In the recent work of many artists, including Mike Kelley, GlennLigon, Pierre Huyghe, and Aleksandra Mir, among others, appropriation is central to their critique of the contemporary world and vision for alternative futuresArtists surveyed include AkasegawaGenpei, Santiago Álvarez, Art Workers Coalition, Ross Bleckner, Marcel Broodthaers, VictorBurgin, Maurizio Cattelan, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Douglas Gordon, Johan Grimonprez, Peter Halley, HankHerron, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Idris Khan, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, SteveMcQueen, Alexandra Mir, Keith Piper, Richard Prince, Jorma Puranen, Cindy Sherman, John Stezaker,Retort, Martha Rosler, Philip TaaffeWriters include Malek Alloula, Jean Baudrillard, WalterBenjamin, Nicolas Bourriaud, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Johanna Burton, Douglas Crimp, Thomas Crow, GuyDebord, Georges Didi-Huberman, Marcel Duchamp, Okwui Enwezor, Jean-Luc Godard, Isabelle Graw, BorisGroys, Raoul Hausmann, Sven Lütticken, Cildo Meireles, Kobena Mercer, Slobodan Mijuskovic, LauraMulvey, Jo Spence, Elisabeth Sussman, Lisa Tickner, Reiko Tomii, Andy Warhol

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"The great strength of this landmark anthology is its inclusive strategy, which by dint of a simultaneous editorial economy has not resulted, thank heavens, in a monstrous tome. FromMalek Alloula to Gil J. Wolman, the voices sampled here introduce the reader to artistic practices and theoretical concepts that anyone interested in appropriation ought to know." Anne M.

Wagner , Class of 1936 Chair and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University ofCalifornia, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262550703
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Series: Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 643,539
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Evans is the author of the catalogue raisonné John Heartfield: AIZ/VI1930-38 and a Research Fellow in Photography at the Arts Institute, Bournemouth, England.

He has published numerous articles in such journals as Afterimage, Eye, andSource.

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