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Practice

by Marcus Boon and Gabriel Levine The MIT Press
Pub Date:
12/2017
ISBN:
9780262535397
Format:
Pbk 240 pages
Price:
AU$49.99 NZ$56.51
Product Status: Available in Approx 7 days
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“Practice” is one of the key words of contemporary art, used in contexts ranging from artists’ descriptions of their practice to curatorial practice, from social practice to practice-based research. This is the first anthology to investigate what contemporary notions of practice mean for art, tracing their development and speculating on where this leads.   


 


Reframing the question of practice offers new ways of reading the history of art and of evaluating particular forms of practice-based art. Once used to denote “doing,” as distinct from thinking and making, today the term can convey associations of political action (praxis), professional activity, discipline, or rehearsal, and signal a shift away from the self-enclosed artwork or medium to open-ended actions, series, processes, and projects. Although the turn to practice might promise freedom from finality or eventfulness, it also reflects the neoliberal pressures to train oneself, to perform, and to rehearse a marketable set of skills. This book offers an indispensible guide to the art history and theoretical framework of art-as-practice, clarifying the complex issues at stake in thinking about and enacting practice.
Marcus Boon is Professor of English at York University, Toronto. His books include In Praise of Copying.  


 


Gabriel Levine is a researcher, musician, and interdisciplinary artist whose writing has been published in TOPIA, PUBLIC, and the Journal of Curatorial Studies.