Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings

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"The accomplishment of this book is astounding. This book will change the way scholars think about the totality of the world of contemporary art, and it will be the essential text for generations of students to come."-Richard Shiff, University of Texas, Austin

"An indispensable resource: compendious, diverse, and in some of its unfamiliar juxtapositions, startlingly fresh."-Lisa Tickner, Middlesex University, London

"Contrary to the popular myth of the "inarticulate" artist, the literature of contemporary art is rich and varied and, until now, widely scattered. This is the most comprehensive selection of such writings available. An essential resource for scholars, it also offers the lay reader generous doses of vivid and provocative writing."-Robert Storr, Museum of Modern Art, New York

"Theories and Documents not only fills an important gap in the field of modern and contemporary art but is also a major contribution in its own right. It rejects narrowly stylistic or medium-defined categories and instead organizes the artists' texts in relation to broader cultural, social, and technological concerns. It deepens and complicates our knowledge of the art of our time."-Abigail Solomon-Godeau, University of California, Santa Barbara

"A very useful anthology that performs two crucial functions: it brings artists of different generations and nationalities into conversation, and it comprehends art in its new mediums, practices, and problems."-Hal Foster, Editor, October

"Professors Stiles and Selz have presented us with a textbook that is as indispensable as it is authoritative. It will surely be seen as the standard reference for those seeking primary sources inthe complex field of contemporary art studies."-David Ross, Whitney Museum of Art, New York

Author Biography: Kristine Stiles is Associate Professor of Art History, Duke University. She has written widely on contemporary art and is a practicing artist. Peter Selz is Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Berkeley. Among his many books are German Expressionist Painting (California, 1957) and Art in Our Times (1981).

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The third collection in the series that includes Theories in Modern Art (1968) and Nineteenth-Century Theories of Art (1987), this wide-ranging and comprehensive anthology of writings and statements by artists is indispensable to an understanding of postwar visual arts. Each of the nine sections ("Art and Technology," "Process," etc.) is introduced with a general overview of the artists and influences that fall within its scope. The range of artists included is impressive. Besides such well-known American artists as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, a broad selection of non-Americans is represented, including Magdalena Abakanowicz and Georg Baselitz. The vast amount of material collected is well organized and appropriately illustrated. An extensive bibliography (on movements as well as individual artists) complements the work. Highly recommended for collections with an interest in postwar art.Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libs., Washington, D.C.
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Kristine Stiles is Associate Professor of Art History, Duke University. She has written widely on contemporary art and is a practicing artist. Peter Selz is Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Berkeley. Among his many books are German Expressionist Painting (California, 1957) and Art in Our Times (1981).

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Table of Contents


General Introduction

1. Gestural Abstraction

Peter Selz

Jackson Pollock

Barnett Newman

Mark Rothko

Robert Motherwell

Helen Frankenthaler

Joan Mitchell

Cy Twombly

David Smith

Louise Bourgeois

Alfred H. Barr

Michel Tapié


Henri Michaux

Lucio Fontana

Emilio Vedova

Alberto Burri

Willi Baumeister

Antoni Tàpies

Tadeusz Kantor

Per Kirkeby

Anselm Kiefer



Max Bill

Richard Paul Lhse

Piero Manzoni

Yves Klein

Charles Biederman

Ad Dekkers

Ad Reinhardt

Ellsworth Kelly

Kenneth Noland

Anne Truitt

Anthony Caro

Josef Albers

Victor Vasarely

Bridget Riley

Frank Stella

Donald Judd

Carl Andre

Dan Flavin

Tony Smith

Agnes Martin

Brice Marden

Daniel Buren

Alfred Jensen

Miriam Schapiro and Melissa Meyer

Valerie Jaudon and Joyce Kozloff

Peter Halley



Fernand Léger

Renato Guttuso

Max Beckmann

Paul Tillich

Jean-Paul Sartre

Alberto Giacometti

Jean Fautrier

Jean Dubuffet

Willem de Kooning

Francis Bacon

Constant Niewenhuys

Karel Appel

Willem Sandberg

Alice Neel

Romare Bearden

Lucian Freud

R.B. Kitaj

David Hockney and Larry Rivers

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Philip Pearlstein

Chuck Close

Richard Estes

Leon Golub

Nancy Spero

Arnulf Rainer

Philip Guston

Georg Baselitz

Jörg Immendorff

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Francesco Clemente

Susan Rothenberg

Eric Frischl

Julian Schnabel

John PitnamWeber

Jesse Helms

Robert Mapplethorpe

Andres Serrano



Richard Hamilton

Dieter Roth

Öyvind Fahlström

Pierre Bestany

Daniel spoerri

Niki de Saint-Phalle

Pino Pascali

Gerhard Richter

Ion Grigorescu

Tony Cragg

Robert Rauschenberg

Jasper Johns

Bruce Conner

George Brecht

claes Oldenburg

Roy Lichtenstein

Andy Warhol

James Rosenquist

Lucas Samaras

Ray Johnson

Edward Ruscha

Judy Chicago

Faith Ringgold

Jeff Donaldson

Kieth Haring

Kenny Scharf

David Wojnarowicz

Barbara Kruger

Sherrie Levine

Jeff Koons



Nicholas Schöffer

Gustav Metzger

Jean Tinguely


Otto Piene

Heinz Mack

Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel

Billy Klüver

Mark Pauline

Survival Research Laboratories

Laurie Anderson

Krzyszstof Wodiczko


Nam June Paik

Douglas Davis

Gerry Schum

Frank Gillette

Shigeko Kubota

Bill Viola

William Wegman

Pete D'agostino

Lynn Hershman

Martha Rosler

Myron W. Krueger

Peter Weibel

Jeffrey Shaw

Roy Ascott



Joseph Cornell

Frederick Kiesler

Louise Nevelson

Edward Kienholz

Christian Boltanski

ISamu Noguchi

Eduardo Chillida

Maya Lin

Walter de Maria

Robert Smithson

Michael Heizer, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson

Nancy Holt

Agnes Denes

Alan Sonfist


Gordon Matta-Clark

Alice Aycock

Charles Simonds

Richard Long

Helen Meyer Harrison and Newton Harrison

Robert Irwin

James Turrell



Robert Morris

Eva Hesse

Nancy Graves

Richard Serra

Bruce Nauman

Robert Ryman

Richard Tuttle

Barry Le Va

Sam Gilliam, Jr.

Lynda Benglis

Mierle Lademan Ukeles

Ann Hamilton and Kathryn Clark

Martin Puryear

Mark Thompson

Joseph Beuys

Franz Erhard Walther

Rebecca Horn

Barry Flanagan

Jan Dibbets

Germano Celant

Jannis Kounellis

Mario Merz

Giuseppe Penone

Pinchas Cohen Gan



Jiro Yoshihara

Georges Mathieu

Situationist International

Guy Debord

John Cage

Allan Kaprow

Carolee Schneemann

Jean-Jacques Lebel

Raphael Montañez Ortiz

Wolf Vostell

George Maciunas

Dick Higgins

Ben Vautier

Robert Filliou

Yoko Ono

Milan Knízák

Jarzy Berés

Hermann Nitsch

Otto Mühl

Otto Mühl and the AA Commune

Günter Brus

Valie Export

Ulkricke Rosenbach

Marina Ambramovic and Ulay

Vito Acconci

Chris Burden

Eleanor Antin

tom Marioni

Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh

Suzanne Lacy

Adrian Piper

Cindy Sherman

Karen Finely

James Luna



Marcel Duchamp

Henry Flynt

Sol Lewitt

Mel Bochner

Dan Graham

Seth Siegellaub

Robert Barry

Lawrence Weiner

Douglas Huebler

Joseph Kosuth

Zoran Popovic

Art & Language

Victor Burgin

Mary Kelly

Stanley Brouwn

Vincenzo Agnetti

John Latham

Marcel Broodthaers

Hans Haacke

Laus Staeke

Hervé Fischer

Jenny Holzer

John Baldessari

Group Material




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