New Material as New Media

New Material as New Media

by Marion Boulton Stroud
     
 

A rich showcase of the use of experimental new materials in contemporary art, based on work produced over the past twenty-five years at The Fabric Workshop and Museum inPhiladelphia.See more details below

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A rich showcase of the use of experimental new materials in contemporary art, based on work produced over the past twenty-five years at The Fabric Workshop and Museum inPhiladelphia.

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"....[A] compelling case for artists who get adventurous with their materials...." Vivinetto Times

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"What a fitting design—this book shows 'fabric' to be a highly expansive medium." Publishers Weekly

The MIT Press

Publishers Weekly
With a fitting design-iridescent fabric covers (three different colors each for front, back and spine) with silver edged pages, silver endpapers and a translucent plastic jacket with silvery lettering-this book shows "fabric" to be a highly expansive medium. The book, which is the catalogue for a 25-year retrospective of Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop and Museum productions, includes everyone from Louise Bourgeois and Claes Oldenburg to younger phenoms like Doug Aitken and Rachel Whiteread, and documents works made of rubber, fiberglass, horsehair and hog intestine along with more conventional materials. The works-some of which are elaborate, fabric-based installations-shine sleekly in 270 (268 in color) photos. In Maria Fernanda Cardoso's Cardoso Flea Circus, which takes place within a tent of iridescent fabrics (taffeta, silk and polyester), the fleas actually walk a tightrope, do acrobatics, and are shot out of a cannon. Virgil Marti's bunches of fabric flowers seem hyper-real, and Lee Bul's Live Forever I presents three alien-like, fiberglass karaoke pods. More than 50 artists' multimedia projects are covered; essays include a salvo from former MoMA curator Robert Storr and Thelma Golden's interview of Glen Ligon. Explanatory texts and short biographies accompany each artist's work. As Stroud, the founder of the Fabric Workshop, notes in an interview, "the possibilities are endless." (Mar. 3)
Library Journal
Accompanying a 25-year retrospective exhibition, this title ranges far beyond the topic of artists working with fabric; it's a highly informative and beautifully produced look at the origin and first 25 years of a visionary Philadelphia arts institution. The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FW+M) was brought about by passionate curators, innovative artists, enlightened government arts funding, and commitment to community service and arts education. The heart of this catalog is an in-depth interview with founder Marion Boulton Stroud. She discusses the FW+M's origin and evolution; the impact her family had on her interest in the arts; the artists' residencies and student apprenticeships that the FW+M offers; and the many artists she's worked with, including Donald Lipski, Mona Hatoum, Jim Hodges, and Chris Burden. Stroud's enthusiasm, intelligence, and joy in working with artists shine through, and the interview is a pleasure to read. The major portion of the book is devoted to individual artists who have exhibited at the workshop and museum and consists of text together with color, full-page installation views. An important work for libraries purchasing contemporary arts and curatorial studies titles.-Michael Dashkin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262194891
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
1ST MIT PR
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 13.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"....[A] compelling case for artists who get adventurous with their materials...."Vivinetto Times

The MIT Press

"What a fitting design—this book shows 'fabric' to be a highly expansive medium." Publishers Weekly

The MIT Press

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