Franklin Furnace and the Spirit of the Avant-garde: A History of the Future

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Intellect Books, Dec 31, 2010 - Art - 184 pages
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Franklin Furnace is a renowned New York–based arts organization whose mission is to preserve, document, and present works of avant-garde art by emerging artists—particularly those whose works may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or politically unpopular content. Over more than thirty years, Franklin Furnace has exhibited works by hundreds of avant-garde artists, some of whom—Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Karen Finley, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jenny Holzer, and the Blue Man Group, to name a few—are now established names in contemporary art.

 

Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive history of this remarkable organization from its conception to the present. Organized around the major art genres that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century, this book intersperses first-person narratives with readings by artists and scholars on issues critical to the organization's success as well as Franklin Furnace's many contributions to avant-garde art.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
11
Part I
17
Part II
85
Franklin Furnace Publications
153
References
177
Index
181
Back Cover
185
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About the author (2010)

Toni Sant is a lecturer in performance and creative technologies at the University of Hull's School of Arts and New Media.

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