Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, Expanded Edition / Edition 1

Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, Expanded Edition / Edition 1

by Brian O'Doherty
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520220404

ISBN-13: 9780520220409

Pub. Date: 01/14/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


When these essays first appeared in Artforum in 1976, their impact was immediate. They were discussed, annotated, cited, collected, and translated—the three issues of Artforum in which they appeared have become nearly impossible to obtain. Having Brian O'Doherty's provocative essays available again is a signal event for the art world.

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When these essays first appeared in Artforum in 1976, their impact was immediate. They were discussed, annotated, cited, collected, and translated—the three issues of Artforum in which they appeared have become nearly impossible to obtain. Having Brian O'Doherty's provocative essays available again is a signal event for the art world. This edition also includes "The Gallery as Gesture," a critically important piece published ten years after the others.

O'Doherty was the first to explicitly confront a particular crisis in postwar art as he sought to examine the assumptions on which the modern commercial and museum gallery was based. Concerned with the complex and sophisticated relationship between economics, social context, and aesthetics as represented in the contested space of the art gallery, he raises the question of how artists must construe their work in relation to the gallery space and system.

These essays are essential reading for anyone interested in the history and issues of postwar art in Europe and the United States. Teeming with ideas, relentless in their pursuit of contradiction and paradox, they exhibit both the understanding of the artist (Patrick Ireland) and the precision of the scholar.

With an introduction by Thomas McEvilley and a brilliantly cogent afterword by its author, Brian O'Doherty once again leads us on the perilous journey to center to the art world: Inside the White Cube.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520220409
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/14/2000
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
113
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments6
Introduction7
I.Notes on the Gallery Space13
A Fable of Horizontal and Vertical
Modernism
The Properties of the Ideal Gallery
The Salon
The Easel Picture
The Frame as Editor
Photography
Impressionism
The Myth of the Picture Plane
Matisse
Hanging
The Picture Plane as Simile
The Wall As Battleground and "Art"
The Installation Shot
II.The Eye and the Spectator35
Another Fable
Five Blank Canvasses
Paint, Picture Plane, Objects
Cubism and Collage
Space
The Spectator
The Eye
Schwitters's Merzbau
Schwitters's Performances
Happenings And Environments
Kienholz, Segal, Kaprow
Hanson, de Andrea
Eye, Spectator, and Minimalism
Paradoxes of Experience
Conceptual and Body Art
III.Context as Content65
The Knock at the Door
Duchamp's Knock
Ceilings
1,200 Bags of Coal
Gestures and Projects
The Mile of String
Duchamp's "Body"
Hostility to the Audience
The Artist and the Audience
The Exclusive Space
The Seventies
The White Wall
The White Cube
Modernist Man
The Utopian Artist
Mondrian's Room
Mondrian, Duchamp, Lissitzky
IV.The Gallery as a Gesture87
Yves Klein's Le Vide
Arman's Le Plein
Warhol's Airborne Pillows
Buren's Sealed Gallery
Barry's Closed Gallery
Les Levine's White Light
The Christos' Wrapped Museum
Afterword109

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