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BECOMING PAST: HISTORY IN CONTEMPORARY ART. Jane Blocker. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2015. Copyright 2016. 246 ills. with 50 ills. 22 x 14 cm. LC 2015-28018 ISBN 9780816696987 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 169578. Publisher's description: Is there such a thing as contemporary art history? The contemporary, after all--as much as we may want to consider it otherwise--is being made history as it happens. By what means do we examine this moving target? These questions lie at the center of Jane Blocker's Becoming Past. The important point is not whether there is--or should be--contemporary art history, Blocker argues, but how .Focusing on a significant aspect of current art practice in which artists have engaged with historical subject matter, methods, and inquiry? Blocker asks how the creation of the artist implicates and interrogates that of the art historian. She moves from art history to theater, to performance, and to literature as she investigates a series of works, including performances by the collaborative group Goat Island, the film Deadpan by Steve McQueen, the philosophies of science fiction writer Samuel Delany and documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, the film Amos Fortune Road by Matthew Buckingham, and sculptures by Dario Robleto.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 169579
Paperbound $30.00    

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