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Failure (Documents of Contemporary Art) [Paperback]

Lisa Le Feuvre
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30 Sep 2010 Documents of Contemporary Art
Amidst current global uncertainty failure has become a central subject of investigation in recent art. Artists have actively claimed the space of failure to propose a resistant view of the world. Here success is deemed overrated, doubt embraced, experimentation encouraged and risk considered a viable position. Between the poles of success and failure lies a productive space where paradox rules and dogma is refused. This anthology establishes failure as a core concern in contemporary cultural production. Artists surveyed include Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alys, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Phil Collins, Martin Creed, David Critchley, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wade Guyton, International Necronautical Society, Ray Johnson, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Michael Krebber, Bruce Nauman, Simon Patterson, Janette Parris, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Allen Ruppersberg, Roman Signer, Annika Strom, Paul Thek and William Wegman. Writers include Giorgio Agamben, Samuel Beckett, Daniel Birnbaum, Bazon Brock, Johanna Burton, Emma Cocker, Gilles Deleuze, Russell Ferguson, Ann Goldstein, Jorg Heiser, Jennifer Higgie, Richard Hylton, Jean-Yves Jouannais, Lisa Lee, Stuart Morgan, Hans-Joachim Muller, Karl Popper, Edgar Schmitz and Coosje van Bruggen.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Whitechapel Art Gallery (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854881824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854881826
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This brilliant collection puts paid to the notion that the creative act - the inscrutable conjuring of something from nothing - is the dominant mode through which art comes into being. Lisa Le Feuvre's revision lends substance to art's emergence from inarticulate and unforgiving conditions, in order to position failure as one of the crucial obligations of modernism." - Andrew Renton, Director of MFA Curating Programme, Goldsmiths College, London "...[T]he book does what this kind of project should: it introduces you to unfamiliar ideas, authors, and practices; offers new approaches; and raises new questions. Presumably, it's intended for people who make or write about art, but you certainly don't have to be an artist to appreciate new ways of thinking about failure and, not coincidentally, success." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator and writer on art and Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England. She was curator of contemporary art at the National Maritime Museum, London (2005 - 10) and taught on the postgraduate Curatorial Programme at Goldsmiths, University of London (2004 - 10). She was co-curator, with Tom Morton, of 'British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet' (2010 - 11).

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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 29 Oct 2013
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Its an interesting read. Short articles that can be read on the bus home and then reread at a later date. Felt it lost some of its energy the further into the book I got. Having said that some good reference material here for essays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this series. 9 April 2013
By Kelly W - Published on Amazon.com
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This series of books from whitechapel/ MIT press are really fantastic for artists.
I revisit certain books from this series depending upon what I'm thinking about in my work at the moment.
3.0 out of 5 stars Thick and Beautiful 22 Mar 2013
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It's dense, but if you're patient you'll get a lot out of it. I recommend not committing yourself to reading front to back; instead hop around from relevant chapter to relevant chapter.
4.0 out of 5 stars FAILURE 17 Jan 2013
By Ciel Bergman - Published on Amazon.com
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A fine anthology and survey of contemporary issues by writers who bring to the forefront a number of interesting questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guarantee! 23 Aug 2011
By Miguel Mesa - Published on Amazon.com
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Every edition of this Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art is a guarantee, the texts included are always
a good point of departure or confrontation. The subjects of the books are important topics on Art now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars failure 14 April 2013
By Howard B. Halpin - Published on Amazon.com
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this book has a lot of failure in it. it's cool, if you like that sort of thing, but i don't.
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