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David Evans
Whitechapel, 2009 - Art - 238 pages
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Scavenging, replicating, or remixing, many influential artists today reinvent alegacy of "stealing" images and forms from other makers. Among the diverse, oftencontestatory strategies included under the heading "appropriation" are the readymade,détournement, pastiche, rephotography, recombination, simulation and parody. Althoughappropropriation is often associated with the 1980s practice of such artists as Peter Halley,Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman, as well as the critical discourse ofpostmodernism and the simulacral theory of Jean Baudrillard, appropriation's significance for art isnot limited by that cultural and political moment. In an expanded art-historical frame, this bookrecontextualizes avant-garde photomontage, the Duchampian readymade, and the Pop image among suchalternative precursors as Francis Picabia, Bertolt Brecht, Guy Debord, Akasegawa Genpei, Dan Graham,Cildo Meireles, and Martha Rosler. In the recent work of many artists, including Mike Kelley, GlennLigon, Pierre Huyghe, and Aleksandra Mir, among others, appropriation is central to their critiqueof the contemporary world and vision for alternative futuresArtists surveyed include AkasegawaGenpei, Santiago Álvarez, Art Workers Coalition, Ross Bleckner, Marcel Broodthaers, VictorBurgin, Maurizio Cattelan, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Douglas Gordon, Johan Grimonprez, Peter Halley, HankHerron, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Idris Khan, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, SteveMcQueen, Alexandra Mir, Keith Piper, Richard Prince, Jorma Puranen, Cindy Sherman, John Stezaker,Retort, Martha Rosler, Philip TaaffeWriters include Malek Alloula, Jean Baudrillard, WalterBenjamin, Nicolas Bourriaud, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Johanna Burton, Douglas Crimp, Thomas Crow, GuyDebord, Georges Didi-Huberman, Marcel Duchamp, Okwui Enwezor, Jean-Luc Godard, Isabelle Graw, BorisGroys, Raoul Hausmann, Sven Lütticken, Cildo Meireles, Kobena Mercer, Slobodan Mijuskovic, LauraMulvey, Jo Spence, Elisabeth Sussman, Lisa Tickner, Reiko Tomii, Andy Warhol

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A compilation of excerpts of documents from the early 20th century onwards dealing with various types of appropriation art. Barbara Kruger’s uncompromising interview was the standout, where she smacks ... Read full review


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David Evans is the author of the catalogue raisonné John Heartfield: AIZ/VI 1930-38 and a Research Fellow in Photography at the Arts Institute, Bournemouth, England. He has published numerous articles in such journals as Afterimage, Eye, and Source.

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