Painting (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)

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The "death of painting" and its subsequent resurrection in transformed conditions is a leitmotif of the modern era. Painting's postconceptual resurgence at the start of the 1980s began a dramatic expansion of its field. If painting remains important today, it is because its contradictions have been acknowledged as artists have radically diversified the components of its production and presentation. This first anthology to focus on painting's multiple discourses over the last three decades brings together key statements, dialogues, and debates that have moved the conversation beyond the modern/postmodern dialectic while redefining the conditions necessary for an artwork to be described as "painting." The diversity of contemporary painting's meanings and practices encompasses the randomness and eclecticism associated with Web-based creation. Although for many the presence of paint endures, others have argued for painting to be classed not as a material but as a philosophical category. Compiled by a leading critic of painting who actively participated in these conversations while also teaching young artists in the studio classroom, this collection ranges widely, to reflect the diversity of ways in which painting continues to be investigated and evaluated in studios, exhibition spaces, and the marketplace of ideas. These writings, statements, and interviews reflect ongoing debates and reignite questions for an as yet unimagined future of painting.

Product Details

  • Series: Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262515679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262515672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on November 14, 2017
By Stephen bashore
Arrived as described.

Five Stars

 on May 16, 2015
By david kostreva
great book excellent essays by noted artists

Painting (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art) Review

 on February 18, 2014
By Lori Duncan
This is the book that started my collecting the Whitechapel series…readable, informative, and addressing key questions for the practice of painters in the current world. Theories, philosophies, and the discussion behind ‘the death of painting’and its subsequent ‘rebirth’. After reading this book last year in the library of my university, I had to own it!


 on August 12, 2013
By Rebecca Rodas
The book was in excellent condition, was never used, still in clear wrapping, and at a good price! It’s great!

A book to chew or gnaw on for a while… Better than most!

12 people found this helpful.
 on September 11, 2012
There’s enough painting and painters going on now globally to turn one’s head inside out. And this is (one) of the good collections of commentary on some of it; ‘the words to the paint’, if you will. It’s probably better than most books out there that promise good discussion ‘on painting’. So, if that’s your thing, I recommend it. Do keep in mind, the mix of essays ranges evenly from 1981~2009.

art in context course

 on October 4, 2011
By ak
the book came just in time for my class, perfect condition worth the price, but can also be found online.

Five Stars

 on February 22, 2015
By Scott Austin

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