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One Place after Another : Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity - Miwon Kwon

One Place after Another

Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity

Paperback Published: 27th February 2004
ISBN: 9780262612029
Number Of Pages: 232
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Site-specific art emerged in the late 1960s in reaction to the growing commodification of art and the prevailing ideals of art's autonomy and universality. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, as site-specific art intersected with land art, process art, performance art, conceptual art, installation art, institutional critique, community-based art, and public art, its creators insisted on the inseparability of the work and its context. In recent years, however, the presumption of unrepeatability and immobility encapsulated in Richard Serra's famous dictum "to remove the work is to destroy the work" is being challenged by new models of site specificity and changes in institutional and market forces. "One Place after Another" offers a critical history of site-specific art since the late 1960s and a theoretical framework for examining the rhetoric of aesthetic vanguardism and political progressivism associated with its many permutations. Informed by urban theory, postmodernist criticism in art and architecture, and debates concerning identity politics and the public sphere, the book addresses the siting of art as more than an artistic problem. It examines site specificity as a complex cipher of the unstable relationship between location and identity in the era of late capitalism. The book addresses the work of, among others, John Ahearn, Mark Dion, Andrea Fraser, Donald Judd, Renee Green, Suzanne Lacy, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Richard Serra, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Fred Wilson.

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"What makes this book strong is the steady course it plots through the inevitable polemical rapids. Kwon does not take sides or pull punches; she has no heroes; she weighs the evidence.... The result is a book that actually dwells in the world and redescribes it, as does art." - Anne M. Wagner, Artforum; "Kwon delivers a much-needed theoretical framework for the complicated notion of site-specificity." - Teme Celeste"

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Genealogy of Site Specificityp. 11
Unhinging of site specificityp. 33
Sitings of Public Art: Integration Versus Interventionp. 56
From Site to Community in New Genre Public Art: The Case of "Culture in Action"p. 100
The (UN)Sitings of Communityp. 138
By Way of a Conclusion: One Place After Anotherp. 156
Notesp. 168
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780262612029
ISBN-10: 026261202X
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 27th February 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.42  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51