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Critical Practice: Artists, museums, ethics (Museum Meanings) Paperback – 30 Jun 2016

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041565856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415658560
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
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"Critical Practice displays all of the acute sensitivity to the nuances of the complex relationships between contemporary art and its enabling institutions that have made Janet Marstine a leader in the field of museum studies scholarship. . . . In a clear voice, Marstine urges that we take up the critical spirit that inspired the Institutional Critique of museums by artists, and combine it with the commitment to shared practice that drives socially-engaged art, to generate a “critical practice” in the work we do within museums, galleries, and art spaces."

- Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh, USA, and The European Graduate School, Switzerland

"Janet Marstine's timely new book traces the evolution of Institutional Critique and the emergence of socially engaged artists practices, examining how they interact with the imperatives of public galleries and museums. Refreshingly, Marstine does not dodge the thorny ethical questions that inevitably arise when artists work and play with others. Critical Practice boldly engages with issues of care, authorship, conflict and reconciliation in the context of sometimes painful and often significant changes in habits, practices and policy that artworks produce."

- Neil Cummings, Chelsea College of Arts London, UK

"Marstine’s approach, through the lens of ethics and reconciliation, offers a very particular, and productive framework within which to think about museums, communities and artists."

- Nick Cass, University of Leeds, UK


About the Author

Janet Marstine is Academic Director of the School of Museums Studies at the University of Leicester. She is the co-editor of New Directions in Museum Ethics (2012), and editor of The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics (2011) and New Museum Theory and Practice:  An introduction (2005).

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