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Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art Paperback – 3 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (3 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520238397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520238398
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is brilliant, brave, and enormously informative. Read it, buy an extra copy, send it to friends, and make sure every student and adult in North America becomes aware of it." - Henry A. Giroux, author of The Abandoned Generation"

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Grant H. Kester is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, San Diego, and the editor of Art, Activism, and Oppositionality: Essays from "Afterimage" (1998).

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By antony bodger on 21 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
Kester's book and his ideas about contemporary practices is a joy to read. Firstly it is lucid and straightforward and without much postmodern/philosophical jargon. He cleverly puts together many like minded practices from artists and collectives around the world which aim to improve peoples lives in the real world, one riven with limiting life opportunities and social exclusion and sees the interchange of ideas and thoughts between artists and the public as a valid tool for social/political expression. It isnt all about the artist having the grand idea and vision and then imposing it on society, then asking for oodles of cash from pompous high minded galleries and gaining the requisite exposure and media profile to enable the next lucrative project to come along. No, art is there to serve and help people in many different ways to speak the truth on social ills etc and not to be exploited by cultural elitists and vulgar commercialism.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
buy borrow beg or steal this book 5 Mar 2009
By Philomena Downey - Published on
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this book is a must read for anybody interested in art as a critical practice, every art student should have it, wonderfully insightful,well written,also gives a good knowledge of group work in art practice
worth the effort 28 Sep 2014
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Excellent way to get an introduction to the many concepts that are part of critical theory and understanding avant garde Art.
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