Rock My Religion: Writings and Projects 1965-1990

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Dan Graham's artworks and critical writings have had an enormous influence on the course of contemporary art over the past quarter century. Rock My Religion collects eighteen of
Graham's essays from all periods of his work, beginning with his essays on minimalist artists such as Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, continuing with his writings on punk rock and popular culture, and concluding with his more recent considerations of architecture, urban space, and power.Alternating with ...

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Overview

Dan Graham's artworks and critical writings have had an enormous influence on the course of contemporary art over the past quarter century. Rock My Religion collects eighteen of
Graham's essays from all periods of his work, beginning with his essays on minimalist artists such as Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, continuing with his writings on punk rock and popular culture, and concluding with his more recent considerations of architecture, urban space, and power.Alternating with these theoretical essays are descriptions and documentations of Graham's own works and installations - projects that trace his explorations in conceptual art, video, photography,
architecture, and public sculpture, showing the integral connections between Graham's criticism and his own artwork. Although as an artist Graham has been associated with minimalism, conceptual art,
and postmodernism, his writing does not conform to the stylistic and theoretical constraints of any specific movement. With sources and topics ranging from Ronald Reagan to the Sex Pistols, from
Michel Foucault to Dean Martin, Graham's eclectic investigations into the complex cultural relationships between art production and social reality are always strikingly original. What makes these writings particularly astonishing, though, is Graham's willingness to examine specific manifestations of popular culture (television, magazines, rock and roll, drugs) without regard to traditional qualitative judgments and without separating "high" or "low" culture from the processes of everyday life.Dan Graham's artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
His writings have appeared in Artforum, Arts, and numerous other magazines, books, and monographs.
Brian Wallis is a senior editor of Art in America.

The MIT Press

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"You don't need to be a fan of Dan Graham's work to get somethingfrom this book. You don't even have to know who Dan Grahamis.... Graham looks at contemporary social practices from somepretty unusual perspectives, the combination of which feels like anintellectual carnival."
Christina Ritchie, Artpaper

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262571067
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/1994
  • Series: Writing Art
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
My Works for Magazine Pages: "A History of Conceptual Art"
Information: Conceptual Art/Magazines/The Sixties 4
Eisenhower and the Hippies 6
Side Effect/Common Drug 12
Homes for America 14
Schema (March 1966) 24
Information 26
Figurative 32
Aspen: One Proposal 34
Income Piece 36
Subject Matter 38
Detumescence 52
Dean Martin/Entertainment as Theater 56
Past Future/Split Attention 66
Performance: Punk Rock/Popular Culture/Theater 68
The End of Liberalism 70
Rock My Religion 80
Punk as Propaganda 96
Performer/Audience/Mirror 114
New Wave Rock and the Feminine 116
Body Press 138
McLaren's Children 142
Performance and Stage Set 162
The Lickerish Quartet 164
Cinema 168
Theater, Cinema, Power 170
Public Space/Two Audiences 190
Architecture: Art/Design/Urbanism 192
Gordon Matta-Clark 194
Alteration of a Suburban House 206
Art as Design 208
Video Design 222
Art in Relation to Architecture/Architecture in Relation to Art 224
Video View of Suburbia in an Urban Atrium 242
The City as Museum 244
Two Adjacent Pavilions 264
Corporate Arcadias 266
Pergola/Conservatory 284
Garden as Theater as Museum 286
Children's Pavilion 308
Acknowledgments/Photo Credits 310
Index 312
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