On the Museum's Ruins
"Crimp's essays comprise one of the most interesting and incisive bodies of work on practices of contemporary art in relationships to art as institution."
-- Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
"Literate and provocative speculations about art, photography, postmodernism, homoeroticism, Rauchenberg and Mapplethorpe, museums and libraries."
On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through analyses of art practices broadly conceived, not only the practices of artists -- Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine, and Robert Mapplethorpe -- but those of critics and curators, of international exhibitions, and of new or refurbished museums such as the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.
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In this collection of essays previously appearing in the journal October or in exhibition catalogs, art historian Crimp explores the often conflicting roles of the museum, the artist, and the public ... Read full review
Photographs at the End of Modernism
Photography in the Museum
On the Museums Ruins
The Museums Old the Librarys New Subject
The End of Painting
The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism
The End of Sculpture