Art of Participation: 1950 to Now

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The first fully illustrated survey of participatory art and its key practitioners, published in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.This new survey covers the rich and varied history of participatory art, from early happenings and performances to current practices that demand audience interaction. As the hallmarks of Web 2.0—browsing, sharing, collecting, producing—increasingly permeate every aspect of society, this timely project reveals the ways in which artists and viewers have approached ...

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Overview

The first fully illustrated survey of participatory art and its key practitioners, published in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.This new survey covers the rich and varied history of participatory art, from early happenings and performances to current practices that demand audience interaction. As the hallmarks of Web 2.0—browsing, sharing, collecting, producing—increasingly permeate every aspect of society, this timely project reveals the ways in which artists and viewers have approached the creation of open works of art. The featured artists include Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Janet Cardiff, Lygia Clark, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Allan Kaprow, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Antoni Muntadas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, and Erwin Wurm.Original essays by Rudolf Frieling, Boris Groys, Robert Atkins, and Lev Manovich identify seminal moments in participatory practice from the 1950s to the present day. A rich array of plates introduce work by all the artists in the accompanying exhibition, with reproductions of significant projects by other major figures—from Helio Oiticica, Joan Jonas, and Gordon Matta-Clark to Rirkrit Tiravanija and SUPERFLEX—rounding out the survey.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
“The Art of Participation excels as an exhibition catalogue and as a concise overview of recent participatory art...The catalogue’s layout and design thoughtfully and playfully reinforces the intent of the exhibition.”
Public Art Review
“Participatory art embraces us. If you’re ready to reciprocate, this collection is for you…an exceptional coffee-table book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500238585
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/20/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Boris Groys is Professor of Aesthetics, Art History, and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, and since 2005, the Global Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. He has published numerous books including The Total Art of Stalinism, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment, Art Power, and The Communist Postscript.

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Table of Contents

Director's Foreword Neal Benezra Benezra, Neal 10

Introduction Rudolf Frieling Frieling, Rudolf 12

A Genealogy of Participatory Art Boris Groys Groys, Boris 18

Toward Participation in Art Rudolf Frieling Frieling, Rudolf 32

Politics, Participation, and Meaning in the Age of Mass Media Robert Atkins Atkins, Robert 50

Art after Web 2.0 Lev Manovich Manovich, Lev 66

Plates: Texts by Rudolf Frieling, Melissa Pellico, and Tanya Zimbardo 81

Notes to Plate Entries 201

Catalogue of the Exhibition 204

Index 208

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