Martha Rosler: Positions in the Life World

Martha Rosler: Positions in the Life World


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"I want to make art about the commonplace, art that illumines social life. I want to enlist art to question the mythical explanations of everyday life that take shape as an optimistic rationalism and to explore the relationships between individual consciousness, family life, and the culture of monopoly capitalism."

Since the late 1960s, American artist Martha Rosler has produced seminal works in the fields of photography, performance, video, installation, critical writing, and theory. Committed to an art that engages a public beyond the confines of the art world, Rosler investigates how socioeconomic realities and political ideologies dominate ordinary life. Her astute critical analyses are often cloaked in deadpan wit.

This book, which accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Rosler's work, contains seven color photo essays by Rosler; an excerpt from the curatorial project "If You Lived Here"; essays by Alexander Alberro, Catherine de Zegher, Sylvia Eiblmayr, Jodi Hauptman, and Annette Michelson; a conversation between Rosler and Benjamin Buchloh; and a biography/bibliography along with a complete list of art works.


Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, UK

December 1998 - January 1999

Nouveau Musée

Villeurbanne, France

January 1999 - February 1999

Generali Foundation

Vienna, Austria

May 1999 - August 1999


Barcelona, Spain

Fall 1999

The New Museum

New York City

Spring 2000

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262041744
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/30/1999
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 6.93(w) x 9.71(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Catherine de Zegher was Director of The Drawing Center in New York from 1999 to 2006. She is the editor of Inside the Visible: An Elliptical Traverse of Twentieth Century Art in, of, and from the Feminine (MIT Press, 1996).

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