Haunted: contemporary photography, video, performance

Front Cover
Much of contemporary photography and video seems haunted by the past, by ghostly apparitions that are reanimated in reproductive media, as well as in live performance and the virtual world. By using dated, passe or quasi-extinct stylistic devices, subject matter and technologies, these arts can embody a melancholic longing for an otherwise unrecuperable past. "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance" examines the myriad ways by which photographic imagery is incorporated into recent art practices, and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media-while documenting a widespread contemporary obsession with accessing and retrieving the past. The works included in "Haunted" range from individual photographs and photographic series, to sculptures and paintings that incorporate photographic elements, to videos, film, performance and site-specific installations. Drawn primarily from the Guggenheim collection and its recent acquisitions, "Haunted" features major artists such as Marina Abramovi?, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Gregory Crewdson, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anthony Hernandez, Roni Horn, Pierre Huyghe, Joan Jonas, Zoe Leonard, Sally Mann, Ana Mendieta, Annette Messager, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sara VanDerBeek, Jeff Wall and Andy Warhol. A significant part of the survey is dedicated to work created since 2001 by younger artists such as Walead Beshty, Spencer Finch, Ori Gersht and Idris Khan.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

8 other sections not shown

About the author (2010)

Peggy Phelan is chair of the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. She is the author of "Unmarked: The Politics of Performance and Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories".

LISA SALTZMAN is Associate Professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr College and author of Anselm Kiefer and Art After Auschwitz. ERIC ROSENBERG is Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University, and has lectured widely on trauma and photography.

Nancy Spector is Chief Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and U.S. Commissioner to the 2007 Venice Biennale.