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Series: Vernon Series in Art

ANIMAE

The invisible sources of the artwork: talks with today’s artists

Emma Coccioli

November 2018 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-384-2
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324pp. [Color] ¦ $90 £68 €77

Romanticism, the brooding and intensely personal eighteenth-century art and literary movement, takes on a new lease of life in this carefully curated collection of interviews with contemporary artists from around the world. Informed by the writings of the renowned psychoanalyst James Hillman, Romanticism is reconsidered from a twenty-first-century perspective. Moving past a purely formal presentation of the artists’ work, this text strives to uncover the deeper meaning and more pressing issues present in the artworks. All connected by a similar romantic vein, Emma Coccioli explores each artist’s individual practice through a series of carefully selected questions. For Coccioli, discussions of ‘the moral issue’ and the future of the world also form an important part of the interviews. Coccioli acknowledges that artists have often been asked questions about their role in relation to the moral issue and the problem of nihilism. However, even if we have an inherent understanding of the concepts of good and evil, Coccioli argues that there is a need to re-examine the modern-day psyche as it tends to be apathetic and with little emotional resonance on our actions and behaviour. Global overpopulation, climate change, and the planet’s limited resources are also meaningfully discussed in this collection of interviews. In questioning the artists, whose work addresses, even remotely, these topics, Coccioli encourages them to consider what they believe to be the greatest threats to today’s global community and to suggest solutions that might be adopted by future generations. This original and engaging look at contemporary art practice presents a sophisticated discussion of some of the most pressing issues for modern-day society. The interdisciplinary nature of this book means that it will appeal to students, scholars, artists and to anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of contemporary art.

The Art of Artertainment: Nobrow, American Style

Edited by Peter Swirski, University of Alberta, Canada and Tero Eljas Vanhanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

December 2018 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-463-4
Availability: In stock
255pp. ¦ $64 £48 €55

Artertainment is more than a novel aesthetic term reflecting the fact that art and entertainment have cross-pollinated each other throughout history. It is a creative strategy that purposely intertwines highbrow and lowbrow aesthetics in the name of reaching the connoisseurs and the masses. The Art of Artertainment sets out to unravel the jumble of aesthetic faultlines and prejudices found wherever we find artistic crossovers—which is to say, everywhere. Revisionist, iconoclastic, and artertaining in its own right, it provides a new framework for the analysis of American nobrow culture from the Colonial times to the digitally turbocharged present.

Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene

Edited by Julie Reiss, Christie’s Education, New York

September 2018 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-436-8
Availability: In stock
172pp. [Color] ¦ $73 £55 €62

Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene contributes to the growing literature on artistic responses to global climate change and its consequences. Designed to include multiple perspectives, it contains essays by thirteen art historians, art critics, curators, artists and educators, and offers different frameworks for talking about visual representation and the current environmental crisis. The anthology models a range of methodological approaches drawn from different disciplines, and contributes to an understanding of how artists and those writing about art construct narratives around the environment. The book is illustrated with examples of art by nearly thirty different contemporary artists.

Arte vs. No-Arte: Arte fuera de la mente

Tsion Avital, Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

December 2018 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-546-4
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550pp. ¦ $64 £48 €55

En Arte Versus No- Arte: Arte Fuera de la Mente, Tsion Avital plantea la pregunta, ¿Es el arte moderno realmente arte? Él argumenta que todo el arte no-representacional que se ha producido en el siglo XX no ha sido arte, sino más bien la ruina de la tradición visual que le reemplazó. El arte moderno ha prosperado sobre la total confusión entre el arte y el seudo-arte y la inhabilidad de muchos de distinguir entre ambos. Tal como lo demuestra Avital, el arte moderno ha servido como una etapa intermedia entre el arte del pasado y el arte del futuro. Este libro propone una nueva forma de definir el arte, anclando la naturaleza del arte en la naturaleza de la mente, resolviendo así uno de los mayores problemas del arte y de la estética para los cuales hasta ahora no se ha dado aún una solución. La definición novedosa del arte propuesta en este libro, pavimenta el camino hacia un nuevo y promisorio paradigma para el futuro del arte.

The Ideas, Identity and Art of Daniel Spoerri

Contingencies and Encounters of an ‘Artistic Animator’

Leda Cempellin, South Dakota State University

July 2017 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-195-4
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256pp. ¦ $58 £50 €55

The term “artistic animator” is inspired by the definition “Kunstanimator” given to Spoerri by his longstanding friend Karl Gerstner during an interview with Katerina Vatsella in 1995. Wherever he went, Spoerri was capable of inspiring others to make art, and at the same time he absorbed, interiorized and transformed ideas from others. His fluctuating memberships during late Modernism (Zero, Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, Mail Art) explain why some areas of this work have not yet received their due attention and their connection to the whole picture has often eluded scholarly inquiry. Beyond his tableaux-pièges, which gave him immediate notoriety through an early purchase by the MoMA, Spoerri discovered a new way to approach the multiples in sculpture (Edition MAT), he transformed his trap pictures into an experimental narrative form (Topographie Anécdotée du Hasard), he initiated the Eat Art movement, he tested an innovative curatorial approach (the Musée Sentimental and the Giardino). Despite constant interruptions due to his semi-nomadic lifestyle, this oeuvre presents an extraordinary coherence, where none of these ventures can be properly understood without considering all the others. This is the first monograph entirely devoted to Daniel Spoerri in the United States to date. With an introduction by Barbara Räderscheidt.

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