Library Journal - Library JournalThis is surely the decontexualizing catalog of the year. Given the unavoidable confusion of survey exhibitions and ``the laborious unraveling of codes often necessary in order properly to understand the structure and canons upon which contemporary works are based,'' the organizers of this exhibition may have bitten off more than any museum patron could chew. They offer two to four very contemporary works from each of 72 artists who, though selected for a variety of aesthetic, historical, or political reasons, are for the most part excellent choices. But then the catalog goes one step further, providing ten brief essays broadly assaying the meaning of art in the Nineties. At first reading, each seems disconnected from (when not contradictory to) the exhibition and one another; on closer examination, cross references appear, but still there is no flow or resolution. Concise biographical essays on each artist, along with useful bibliographies and professional histories, provide another barrage of art theory ``soundbites.'' Recommended to libraries able to provide patrons with backup materials on the diverse trends represented and to those with foresight, desiring a title in ten years on what seemed important in 1991. --Eric Bryant, ``Library Journal''
BooknewsBeautifully illustrated examples of art shown at the Berlin exhibition. Examples are mixed media by artists from Western Europe and the US. Eleven essays precede the illustrations, and bio- bibliographies of each artist follow. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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