October: The Second Decade, 1986-1996, Volume 76

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Rosalind E. Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Annette Michelson, Hal Foster, Denis Hollier, Silvia Kolbowski
MIT Press, 1997 - Art - 447 pages
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October: The Second Decade collects examples of the innovative critical and theoretical work for which the journal October is known. A journal anthology draws a collective portrait; together, the gathered texts demonstrate the journal's ambitions and strengths. From the outset, October's aim has been to consider a range of cultural practices and to assess their place at a particular historical juncture. That task has now taken on an intensified urgency. The catastrophic state of our urban economies and the attendant social crises, as well as the more general predicaments of a postcolonial era, have had an inescapable impact on the cultural and discursive practices that are October's concern. Hence, October in its second decade has had an intensified concern with the role of cultural production within the public sphere and a sharper focus on the intersections of cultural practices with institutional structures. The topics of inquiry include body politics and psychoanalysis, spectacle and institutional critique, art practice and art history, and postcolonial discourse.

Carol Armstrong, Leo Bersani, Homi Bhabha, Yve-Alain Bois, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Susan Buck-Morss, Lygia Clark, T. J. Clark, Jonathan Crary, Gilles Deleuze, Manthia Diawara, Peter Eisenman, Hal Foster, Group Material, Denis Hollier, Alexander Kluge, Gertrud Koch, Silvia Kolbowski, Rosalind Krauss, Annette Michelson, Helen Molesworth, V. Y. Mudimbe, Oskar Negt, Mignon Nixon.

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About the author (1997)

Rosalind E. Krauss, University Professor at Columbia University and an editor and cofounder of October magazine, is the author of "The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths" (1985), " The Optical Unconscious" (1993), " The Picasso Papers" (1999), and "Bachelors" (1999), all published by the MIT Press, and coauthor (with Yve-Alain Bois) of " Formless: A User's Guide "(Zone Books, 1997).

Yve-Alain Bois is professor of the history of art at Harvard University.

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and an editor of October magazine. He is the author of "Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975" (MIT Press) and other books.

Annette Michelson is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University.

Hal Foster (1892-1982) created Prince Valiant in 1937. Though remaining involved with the strip until his death in 1982, Foster handed the bulk of the scripting and art chores over to his longtime assistant, John Cullen Murphy, in 1971.

Denis Hollier is Chairman of the Department of French at Yale University. He is the author of many books, including works on Sartre and Bataille.

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