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Art Is a Problem
Joshua Decter [see all titles]
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Joshua Decter Art Is a Problem
Edited by John Miller.

Published with JRP|Ringier.
published in January 2014
English edition
15 x 21 cm (softcover)
240 pages (b/w ill.)
€20.00
ISBN: 978-2-84066-621-9 / 978-3-03764-195-8
EAN: 9783037641958
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An anthology: selected criticism, essays, interviews, and curatorial projects, since 1986-2012.
In this volume of selected essays, interviews, curatorial texts, and reviews, spanning 1986–2012, Joshua Decter examines contemporary art in relation to its various ideological, public, discursive, and social contexts. The book encompasses seven chapters: Institutional Critique® and its Discontents; Aporia (Art as Politics, the Politics of Art); Everything Is Social; Convoluted Cities; The (Un)De-definition of Art; What Do We Want from Exhibitions?; On the Curatorial Road. The author unpacks art's paradoxical condition: art problematizes, and is intrinsically a problem. From this standpoint, he analyzes art's definitions, functions, ethical entanglements, societal aspirations, and cultural contradictions.
Joshua Decter is a writer, curator, theorist and art historian who has taught at Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, The School of Visual Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, NYU, and USC.