Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and the Everyday
What is the place of art today? What is art? What is the meaning of Tracey Emins unmade bed or Damien Hirsts pickled sharks? Do they mean anything at all? In this book Nikos Papastergiadis examines how contemporary art is produced and the way in which our relationship with art and artists has changed. Spatial Aesthetics challenges those contemporary artists and critics who reject theory and wish to deny the influence of the past on modern artistic practice: it provides us with a background to modern art, and explains the role of art in contributing to our understanding of a globalised world of migration where new cultural identities are constantly evolving. Seeing the practice of writing on art as a form of imaginary collaboration between artist and viewer, and between artist and critic, the author has himself engaged with artists in writing this book. Spatial Aesthetics guides us through the often controversial terrain of modern art.
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