Edited by founder MacDonald, this largely pictorial overview of Artspace's activities since its 1986 emergence in San Francisco chronicles the organization's multifarious productions and the community it fostered before its recent move to New York. The uninitiated reader may occasionally feel left out, for photographs of people appear as in a family album, candid and without specific names or organizational relationship. However, the book provides valuable insight into the workings of a community arts organization and traces the aesthetic leanings of San Francisco's art scene. Included are excerpts from Dave Hickey's fiction and stills from filmmaker Chris Munch's latest productions, among many other samplings. The book's jumble of grainy images, often taken from video monitors, and the persistent denial of coherent narrative in both text and image mirror the disjointed and ephemeral nature of our postmodern, media-saturated culture. It also endows the book with a mood of transience appropriate for the story of an organization's history. Recommended for collections focusing on contemporary art and museum studies. Savannah Schroll, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.