Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn

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MIT Press, Aug 1, 2013 - 354 pages
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For the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, writing is a crucial tool at every stage of his artistic practice. From the first sketch of an idea to appeals to potential collaborators, from detailed documentation of projects to post-disassembly analysis, Hirschhorn's writings mark the trajectories of his work. This volume collects Hirschhorn's widely scattered texts, presenting many in English for the first time.

In these writings, Hirschhorn discusses the full range of his art, from works on paper to the massive "Presence and Production" projects in public spaces. "Statements and Letters" address broad themes of aesthetic philosophy, politics, and art historical commitments. "Projects" consider specific artworks or exhibitions. "Interviews" capture the artist in dialogue with Benjamin Buchloh, Jacques Ranciere, and others. Throughout, certain continuities emerge: Hirschhorn's commitment to quotidian materials; the centrality of political and economic thinking in his work; and his commitment to art in the public sphere. Taken together, the texts serve to trace the artist's ideas and artistic strategies over the past two decades. "Critical Laboratory "also reproduces, in color, "33 Ausstellungen im offentlichen Raum 1998--1989," an out-of-print catalog of Hirschhorn's earliest works in public space.

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Since the early 1990s, Swiss-born artist Hirschhorn has written prolifically about his work, disseminating texts in a variety of languages through press announcements, exhibition catalogs, emails, and ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1957) is a Swiss artist known for large sculptures and ambitiousprojects, often constructed of everyday, makeshift materials.

Lisa Lee is a Harper Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Departmentof Art History, at the University of Chicago.

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University andthe author of Prosthetic Gods (MIT Press) and other books.

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