One Place After Another: Site-specific Art and Locational Identity

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MIT Press, 2004 - Architecture - 218 pages
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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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User Review  - tonidew - LibraryThing

Less sentimental than, say, Lippard's 'Lure of the Local' Kwon's more objective stance is narrower in scope, drier, more prone to jargon and ultimately a less enjoyable read. Still essential alongside Lippard and Tacita Dean's 'Place' for anyone interested in the subject. Read full review

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User Review  - Penny - Goodreads

A good question: "How do we account, for instance, for the sense of soaring exhilaration and the anxious dread ngendered by the new fluidities and continuities of space and time, on the one hand, and ... Read full review

Contents

GENEALOGY OF SITE SPECIFICITY
11
UNHINGING OF SITE SPECIFICITY
35
SITINGS OF PUBLIC ART INTEGRATION VERSUS INTERVENTION
58
FROM SITE TO COMMUNITY IN NEW GENRE PUBLIC ART THE CASE OF CULTURE IN ACTION
102
THE UNSITINGS OF COMMUNITY
140
BY WAY OF A CONCLUSION ONE PLACE AFTER ANOTHER
158
NOTES
170
INDEX
213
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Miwon Kwon is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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