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Place (Art Works) [Paperback]

Tacita Dean , Jeremy Millar

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11 April 2005 Art Works
Everyone wants to find their own place in the world. But where is it and what is it? How do we recognize place as being significant and not just merely space? And what is it that makes one place special and another not? These are questions that have taxed philosophers as far back as ancient Greece. But they are also much more than philosophical investigations. In a world where neighbours fight over a stretch of land, or where some groups can feel safe only in certain locations, place is a living reality that can be either the cause for violent conflict or the glue that binds communities together. This exhibition in a book presents some of the most challenging art to address the function of place in the contemporary world. Arranged into themed 'rooms', it reflects a wide variety of artistic attitudes and practices. Some artists find inspiration in the heterogeneity of the crowded city street, while others celebrate the wilds of nature as a counter to urban life. Some present imagined or fantastic worlds of their own invention, or explore the way place is often a creation of the mind. Others investigate the deep marks that myth and history can leave on the land, or consider how place can be used as a form of political control.Territorial divisions demarcating one place from another, often with terrible consequences, are the chosen subjectmatter of many artists; others prefer to look at itinerant wanderers with no claims on the earth, or to focus on anonymous non-places that lack any real identity of their own. All of the artists in this book â among them Thomas Demand, Allan Sekula, Luc Tuymans, Steve McQueen, Roni Horn and Susan Hiller â use art to puzzle out the complicated ways in which place can shape and affect us. All of them help us to understand the world in which we live.

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Tacita Dean is an artist whose work in various media often explores the nature of place. She is based in Berlin. Jeremy Millar is an artist, writer and curator based in Whitstable, Kent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction To The Conversations 12 Aug 2008
By R. Stander - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean & Millar's text will be a very helpful text not only for artists but those from other disciplines as well who are exploring the complexities of place/space. The chapter "Entrance" is a fine introduction for artists and others to the idea of place, its relevant discussions and thinkers. Those well versed in the conversation of place and those interested in the variety of artistic manifestations of place/space will find the remainder of the text a delightful introduction as they explore specific artists and their works.
Chapters include:
1) Place - The First of All Things
2) Urban
3) Nature
4) Fantastic
5) Myth/History
6) Politics/Control
7) Territories
8) Itinerancy
9) Heterotopias and Non-Places
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Feb 2011
By Samantha - Published on Amazon.com
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I was required to purchase this book for an art history class that I am taking, and I have to say it is one of the better textbooks I have read in my day. The chapters are filled with photos of the art pieces that are being analyzed, and they are concise and easy to read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone merely interested in art!
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