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WHAT'S THE USE? CONSTELLATIONS OF ART, HISTORY AND KNOWLEDGE: A CRITICAL READER. Ed. by Nick Aikens et al. Valiz, Amsterdam, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 504 pp. with 208 ills. (39 col.). 24 x 18 cm. ISBN 9789492095121 In English.
Expanding on a 2013 exhibition titled "Museum of Arte Util" and a 2014 exhibition titled "Confessions of the Imperfect, 1848-1989-Today," both held at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, a 2014 conference titled "The Uses of Art: History," held at the University of Hildesheim, and a 2014 exhibition titled "Really Useful Knowledge," held at Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, this book takes as a starting point the premise that art is best understood in dialogue with the social sphere, and examines how the exchange between art, knowledge and use has historically been set up and played out. Propositional and speculative -- and deliberately inconclusive -- the theorists and artists included in this volume seek an answer to a familiar question: how can art know, and change, the world?
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media
Plans: 73,75,68
Worldwide Number: 082622
Paperbound $35.00    

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