Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001

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MIT Press, 2004 - Social Science - 390 pages
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Decoys and Disruptions is the first comprehensive collection of writings by American artist and critic Martha Rosler. Best known for her videos and photography, Rosler has also been an original and influential cultural critic and theorist for over twenty-five years. The writings collected here address such key topics as documentary photography, feminist art, video, government patronage of the arts, censorship, and the future of digitally based photographic media. Taken together, these thirteen essays not only show Rosler's importance as a critic but also offer an essential resource for readers interested in the issues confronting contemporary art. The essays in this collection illustrate Rosler's ongoing investigation into means of exposing truth and provoking change, providing a retrospective of characteristic issues in her work.

Mixing analysis and wit, Rosler challenges many of the fundamental precepts of contemporary art practice. Her influential essay, "In, around, and afterthoughts: on documentary photography," almost single-handedly dismantled the myth of liberal documentary photography when it appeared. Many of the essays in this volume have had a similarly wide-ranging influence; others are published here for the first time. Illustrating the essays are 81 images by Rosler and other artists and photographers.

 

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Artist, critic, and Rutgers University professor Rosler (If You Lived Here) is best known for her videos, photomontages, and photographs of everyday objects or environments freighted with socially ... Read full review

Contents

FOR AN ART AGAINST THE MYTHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE
3
THOUGHTS ON AUDIENCE
9
SHEDDING THE UTOPIAN MOMENT
53
STRATEGIES OF PRODUCTION
87
THE FIGURE OF THE ARTIST THE FIGURE OF THE WOMAN
89
LEE FRIEDLANDER AN EXEMPLARY MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER
113
NOTES ON QUOTES
133
PHOTOGRAPHY AS IMAGE AND TRACE
149
WARS AND METAPHORS
245
SOME CONSIDERATIONS
259
CENSORSHIP AND POWER
319
THESIS ON DEFUNDING
321
THE SUPPRESSION AGENDA FOR ART
335
PLACE POSITION POWER POLITICS
349
PHOTO CREDITS
379
INDEX
381

IN AROUND AND AFTERTHOUGHTS ON DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
151
POSTDOCUMENTARY POSTPHOTOGRAPHY?
207

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Martha Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has taught and lectured on photography since the mid-1970s. Her work wasthe subject of a major retrospective, "Martha Rosler: Positions in the Life World," in 2000. She is the author of 14 books and numerous essays.

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