Where Art Belongs

Where Art Belongs

by Chris Kraus

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Overview

Chris Kraus examines artistic enterprises of the past decade that reclaim the use of lived time as a material in the creation of visual art.

In Where Art Belongs , Chris Kraus examines artistic enterprises of the past decade that reclaim the use of lived time as a material in the creation of visual art. In four interlinked essays, Kraus expands the argument begun in her earlier book Video Green that “the art world is interesting only insofar as it reflects the larger world outside it. ” Moving from New York to Berlin to Los Angeles to the Pueblo Nuevo barrio of Mexicali, Kraus addresses such subjects as the ubiquity of video, the legacy of the 1960s Amsterdam underground newspaper Suck, and the activities of the New York art collective Bernadette Corporation. She examines the uses of boredom, poetry, privatized prisons, community art, corporate philanthropy, vertically integrated manufacturing, and discarded utopias, revealing the surprising persistence of microcultures within the matrix. Chronicling the sometimes doomed but persistently heroic efforts of small groups of artists to reclaim public space and time, Where Art Belongs describes the trend towards collectivity manifested in the visual art world during the past decade, and the small forms of resistance to digital disembodiment and the hegemony of the entertainment/media/culture industry. For all its faults, Kraus argues, the art world remains the last frontier for the desire to live differently.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584350989
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 01/21/2011
Series: Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series , #8
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 569,349
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including I Love Dick and Summer of Hate ; two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography . She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism in 2008, and a Warhol Foundation Art Writing grant in 2011. She lives in Los Angeles.

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For Kraus, art is something that happens when flows of ideas and images come together in a place people make together, usually somewhere out of the way a bit. There could be some struggle involved. Some of the people might be fuck-ups (ditto the ideas, images, etc). She has a finely tuned radar for the political economy of art worlds, which is a distinctive hum in the background of the otherwise well oiled machine of the prose. While not ignorant (or faux ignorant) of the Artworld, there's a certain studied indifference to it. What matters in the long run is whether art is a rubric under which somebody did something interesting; for, with or to anybody else. If they made a living off it without being assholes about it, well good luck to them, but that's a tangential story. So in this book we get post-post-punk angelinos, sex worker art works, a tribute to an artist who sailed away off the edge of the world. There's also Bernadette Corp at Green Naftali (tres chic!) but only because they are interesting. . . So if any of those things are of interest, buy this book when it comes out.

McKenzie Wark

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For Kraus, art is something that happens when flows of ideas and images come together in a place people make together, usually somewhere out of the way a bit. There could be some struggle involved. Some of the people might be fuck-ups (ditto the ideas, images, etc). She has a finely tuned radar for the political economy of art worlds, which is a distinctive hum in the background of the otherwise well oiled machine of the prose. While not ignorant (or faux ignorant) of the Artworld, there's a certain studied indifference to it. What matters in the long run is whether art is a rubric under which somebody did something interesting; for, with or to anybody else. If they made a living off it without being assholes about it, well good luck to them, but that's a tangential story. So in this book we get post-post-punk angelinos, sex worker art works, a tribute to an artist who sailed away off the edge of the world. There's also Bernadette Corp at Green Naftali (tres chic!) but only because they are interesting...So if any of those things are of interest, buy this book when it comes out.

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark

For Kraus, art is something that happens when flows of ideas and images come together in a place people make together, usually somewhere out of the way a bit. There could be some struggle involved. Some of the people might be fuck-ups (ditto the ideas, images, etc). She has a finely tuned radar for the political economy of art worlds, which is a distinctive hum in the background of the otherwise well oiled machine of the prose. While not ignorant (or faux ignorant) of the Artworld, there's a certain studied indifference to it. What matters in the long run is whether art is a rubric under which somebody did something interesting; for, with or to anybody else. If they made a living off it without being assholes about it, well good luck to them, but that's a tangential story. So in this book we get post-post-punk angelinos, sex worker art works, a tribute to an artist who sailed away off the edge of the world. There's also Bernadette Corp at Green Naftali (tres chic!) but only because they are interesting...So if any of those things are of interest, buy this book when it comes out.

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