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WHAT WE WANT IS FREE: CRITICAL EXCHANGES IN RECENT ART. Second edition. Ed. by Ted Purves and Shane Aslan Selzer. State University of New York Press, Albany, 2014. Original edition published 2005 as What We Want is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art in hardcover{Worldwide 115395} and paperbound {Worldwide 115396}. 318 pp. with 80 ills. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2013-44074 ISBN 9781438453149 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 162436. Publisher's description: From shops, gifts, and dinner parties to contract labor and petty theft, contemporary artists have used a variety of methods that both connect participants to tangible goods and services and, at the same time, offer critiques of and alternatives to global capitalism and other forms of social interaction. Examples of these various projects include the creation of free commuter bus lines and medicinal plant gardens, the distribution of such services as free housework or computer programming, and the production of community media projects such as free commuter newspapers and democratic low-wattage radio stations. Like the first edition, the second edition includes a detailed survey of artists' projects from around the globe, as well as critical essays and artists' texts that explore the underlying social history and contemporary issues that further inform our reading of these works. It also features a significantly explanded scope for the project histories, including work from the past decade and a new section dedicated to artist-initiated organizations.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1990 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 162437
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