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1995 Hard cover New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 1003 p. Contains: Illustrations. California Studies in the History of Art, 35. Audience: General/trade. ... Hardcover dj, new book, excellent condition! lr Read more Show Less

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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 in the complex field of contemporary art studies."—David Ross, Whitney Museum of Art, New York

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Meet the Author

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 Pitnam Weber
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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