Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste

Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste

by Amanda Boetzkes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262039338
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 667,362
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amanda Boetzkes is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and the author of The Ethics of Earth Art . She was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich in 2017.

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Amanda Boetzkes engages powerfully with art's roles in exposing and helping us to think through both current and historical habits of waste. Her book makes a timely and trenchant contribution to a broad understanding of contemporary art and to the specific urgency of understanding waste.

Mark A. Cheetham , Professor, History of Art, University of Toronto, Author ofLandscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature since the '60s

In Boetzkes's fascinating book, art is contextualized in the world of globalized and aestheticized consumer capitalism—and it has an engaged role to play: one of representation, trenchant critique, and presumably the instigation of social and ecological transformation. This is basic reading for anyone interested in contemporary art (and its future), and a fundamental reference point for all forthcoming work on this topic.

Allan Stoekl , Professor Emeritus, Penn State University, author of Bataille's Peak: Energy, Religion, and Postsustainability

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