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Art + Archive

Understanding the archival turn in contemporary art

By Sara Callahan

Art + Archive
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6028-7
  • Pages: 348
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: January 2022
  • BIC Category: ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), ART / Criticism & Theory, The arts / Theory of art, The arts / Art & design styles: from c 1960, Contemporary Art, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / Archives & Special Libraries
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories

Description

Art + Archive provides an in-depth analysis of the connection between art and the archive at the turn of the twenty-first century. The book examines how the archive emerged in art writing in the mid-1990s and how its subsequent ubiquity can be understood in light of wider social, technological, philosophical and art-historical conditions and concerns. Deftly combining writing on archives from different disciplines with artistic practices, the book clarifies the function and meaning of one of the most persistent artworld buzzwords of recent years, shedding light on the conceptual and historical implications of the so-called archival turn in contemporary art.

Contents

The archive: a must-have accessory of the moment?
Part I: The notion of the archive in art writing and theory
1 Archive art discourse
2 Archive theory
3 The artworld as an archival structure
Part II: Five themes in contemporary archive art
4 Materiality
5 Research
6 Critique
7 Curating
8 Temporality
Postscript
Index

Author

Sara Callahan is an art historian specialising in contemporary art and photography. She works at Stockholm University

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