Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art

Front Cover
University of California Press, 2004 - Art - 239 pages
5 Reviews
"A definitive study of a coherent and fascinating set of art practices. Kester makes the concept of dialogical art more textured and complex with each new work he discusses, providing both richness of description and depth of understanding. Without being authoritarian or heavy-handed, the book is definitive, exhaustively researched, and comprehensive. It is likely to remain the premier resource of information on community-based dialogical art for years to come and will be required reading for all courses that deal with the social implications of art."--Norman Bryson, Professor of Art History, University of California, San Diego, and Senior Researcher, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands

"Grant Kester has written a book of great insight, compassion, and civic courage. By treating the relationship between art and democracy as pedagogical, performative, and ethical, he revives our understanding of the importance of civic engagement, solidarity, conversation, and public intervention. This book is brilliant, brave, and enormously informative. Read it, buy an extra copy, send it to friends, and make sure every student and adult in North America becomes aware of it."--Henry A. Giroux, Waterbury Chair Professor of Education and Cultural Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and author of The Abandoned Generation

"Equally well-read in theory and contemporary art practice, Grant H. Kester has spent the past ten years analyzing the nature of community and communication in modern art, engaging diverse thinkers, past and present, such as Immanuel Kant and Miwon Kwon. With the publication of this important book, he takes on a new exchange, one between himself and his readers."--Moira Roth, Trefethen Professor of Art History, Mills College
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art

User Review  - Jess - Goodreads

Its a thought provoking read on the participatory art projects, although flawed. Still If this is your interest area practically or curatorially, Kester's work is one perspective you should read. Read full review

Review: Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art

User Review  - Brycedwyer - Goodreads

writing about "dialogical" projects valued using the discarded values of modernism but asserting their status as artworks by virtue of their (purported) engagement with these discarded values. it's ... Read full review

Contents

THE EYES OF THE VULGAR
17
DURATION PERFORMATIVITY AND CRITIQUE
50
DIALOGICAL AESTHETICS
82
A CRITICAL FRAMEWORK FOR DIALOGICAL PRACTICE
124
COMMUNITY AND COMMUNICABILITY
152
Notes
193
Index
233
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Cities and Cultures
Malcolm Miles
No preview available - 2007
All Book Search results »

About the author (2004)

Grant H. Kester is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, San Diego, and the editor of Art, Activism, and Oppositionality: Essays from "Afterimage" (1998).

Bibliographic information