Wall Works: Site-Specific Wall Installations

Wall Works: Site-Specific Wall Installations

by Jorg Schellmann
     
 

Wall Works couples the medium of the installation with the concept of the artist's edition, and is a unique exhibition catalogue of 38 installation projects by 29 contemporary artists. Fully-realized works are depicted in both opulent historic interiors and inventive spaces by important architects such as Richard Gluckman, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, and Philip… See more details below

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Wall Works couples the medium of the installation with the concept of the artist's edition, and is a unique exhibition catalogue of 38 installation projects by 29 contemporary artists. Fully-realized works are depicted in both opulent historic interiors and inventive spaces by important architects such as Richard Gluckman, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, and Philip Johnson. Some works are documented by on-site photographs, others by computer images of a particular wall work digitally placed into a specific setting. Illuminating essays contextualize wall work, charting its development, importance, and permutations. This catalogue also contains drawings, plans, and diagrams that the artists created as instructions to accompany each piece and ensure its successful installation.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This attractive art book oozes with pretentiousness--in both structure and content. According to Uwe Schneede of the Hamburger Kunsthalle (whose leaden essay opens this book), the Kunsthalle's "WallWorks" exhibition was the first show to apply "the principle of the edition...to wall design." That is, it was the first to showcase the annoying 1990s exhibition trend in which artists issued formal instructions for the permanent installation of their pieces. The catalog presents single works (or "interventions," as Schneede calls them) by 29 artists, in sequence, with directions on proper wall placement (should one consider purchasing an "edition"). Despite numerous illustrations, the reader never sees what the art actually looks like in situ: each photograph shows only the art in color; its architectural surroundings are then reduced to a sterile black and white. This trick nicely highlights the work of such prominent artists as Gilbert and George, Julian Schnabel, and Rosemarie Trockel, but it renders the art contextless, making it art-as-mere-ornament. A marginal title documenting a bothersome fad; for comprehensive art collections only.--Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783888148651
Publisher:
Schirmer/Mosel Verlag GmbH
Publication date:
04/02/1999
Edition description:
German and English Text
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 12.89(h) x 1.09(d)

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