Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism

Overview

The prominent cultural critic Mieke Bal defines the new discipline of "art writing" as a fresh mode of criticism, which aims to "put the art first." Following this definition, Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism puts the sites of the critic's engagement with art first. The book puts into shape what happens when discussions concerning situatedness and site-specificity enter the writing of art criticism. The sites explored are the material, emotional, political and conceptual settings of the artwork's ...

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Overview

The prominent cultural critic Mieke Bal defines the new discipline of "art writing" as a fresh mode of criticism, which aims to "put the art first." Following this definition, Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism puts the sites of the critic's engagement with art first. The book puts into shape what happens when discussions concerning situatedness and site-specificity enter the writing of art criticism. The sites explored are the material, emotional, political and conceptual settings of the artwork's construction, exhibition and documentation, as well as those remembered, dreamed and imagined. Through five different spatial configurations—both psychic and architectural—Site-Writing explores artworks by artists as diverse as Jananne Al-Ani, Elina Brotherus, Nathan Coley, Tracey Emin, Christina Iglesias and Do-Ho Suh, aiming to adapt such psychoanalytic ways of working as free association and conjectural interpretation to art criticism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845119997
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Rendell is Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her previous books include 'The Pursuit of Pleasure' (2002) and 'Art and Architecture' (IBT, 2006).

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Table of Contents

List of Images
• Acknowledgements
• Prologue: Pre-Positions
• Triangular Structures with Variable Thirds
• Transitional Space
• Undoing Architecture
• One + One = Three: Tracey Emin’s You Forgot to Kiss my Soul
• Confessional Construction
• Back and Forth
• Frontier Creatures
• Travelling the Distance/Encountering the Other
• To Miss the Desert
• You Tell Me
• An Embellishment: Purdah
• A Rearrangement
• Word-Presentations and Thing-Presentations
• The Welsh Dresser
• Longing for the Lightness of Spring
• Les Mots et Les Choses
• That Which Keeps Coming Back
• Déjà Vu
• ‘Some Things You See Will Remind You of Others’: Déjà Vu in the Work of Cristina Iglesias
• La Passante
• ‘She is walking about in a town which she does not know’
• Decentering/Recentering
• The Copernican Revolution
• Somewhere Else She is Told
• Decentering/Recentering Do-Ho Suh
• Everywhere Else
• Trafalgar Square: Détournements
• Epilogue: Alien Positions
• Endnotes
• Bibliography
• Index *

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