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Doris Salcedo (Contemporary Artists Series) Paperback – 1 Nov 2000

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 01 edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714839299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714839295
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum)

'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out)

'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times)

About the Author

Nancy Princenthal is a noted American art critic whose writings have appeared in journals such as Art in America, Parkett and Artforum. She has written extensively on contemporary artists, including Robert Mangold (Phaidon, 2000), Ann Hamilton and Roni Horn.

Carlos Basualdo is a poet and curator based in New York who regularly contributes to Artforum and Art Nexus, among other publications. Formerly the Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Basualdo was also Co-Curator of  Documenta 11 (2002) and the 50th Venice Biennial (2003).

Andreas Huyssen is Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York. His publications include After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (1986) and Twilight Memories: Marking Times in a Culture of Amnesia (1995). He is also editor of the journal New German Critique.

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As with all art monographs, it is hard not to value and appreciate their insights and information when one already highly rates the work of the artist, so any positive comments are undoubtedly founded in the fact that I think Doris Salcedo to be a fantastic artist. However, this book is invaluable for a number of reasons. Firstly. it provides a full-scale survey of her works up till 2000 and provides good pictures of all of these works from a range of angles and with varying degrees of detail. Since Salcedo is mainly an installation and sculptural artist the full impression of her work is obviously impossible to recreate, but the photographs taken at the time of the installations do manage to give a strong impression of what they were like. Secondly, through interviews, several well-written essays and the artists own choice of supplementary texts, we are given fascinating background to her ideas, her creative process and the contexts in which her art can be understood. These contexts range from contemporary art and cultural theory to the specificity of violence in Colombia to a more general echo of universal oppression in parallels with the Holocaust and the artwork that has come out of that, most specifically the poetry of Paul Celan. The artworks have strong emotional power and this book expands on that by revealing the wider resonances behind the work.
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