Collage: the unmonumental picture

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The simplicity of collage, together with its strong graphic presence, lent the medium a sense of revolutionary possibility when it was first adopted by avant-garde artists almost 100 years ago. During the twentieth century collage gradually became identified with such artistic practices as Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, and today it has gained new momentum as an energetic art form with a strong political dimension. This stunning book explores the role of collage in contemporary visual culture. Featuring the work of both established talents and a new generation of artists, it examines how collage is used to confront and comment on a world that is dominated by the mass media and obsessed with conspicuous consumerism.

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About the author (2007)

Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman are, respectively, Chief Curator, Director of Special Exhibitions and Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

Laura Hoptman is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and sole curator of the 2004 Carnegie International. While Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hoptman curated the critically praised show Drawing Now: Eight Propositions. She has curated exhibitions and projects on Yayoi Kusama, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Elizabeth Peyton, John Currin, Luc Tuymans, and others.

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