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Art, History, and Anachronic Interventions Since 1990

ISBN 9780367763251
Published September 7, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages 53 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines contemporary artistic practices since 1990 that engage with, depict, and conceptualize history.

Examining artworks by Kader Attia, Yael Bartana, Zarina Bhimji, Michael Blum, Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Omer Fast, Andrea Geyer, Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno, Hiwa K, Amar Kanwar, Bouchra Khalili, Deimantas Narkevičius, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Walid Raad, Dierk Schmidt, Erika Tan, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Art, History, and Anachronic Interventions since 1990 undertakes a thorough methodological reexamination of the contribution of art to history writing and to its theoretical foundations. The analytical instrument of anachrony comes to the fore as an experimental method, as will (para)fiction, counterfactual history, testimonies, ghosts and spectres of the past, utopia, and the "juridification" of history. Eva Kernbauer argues that contemporary art—developing its own conceptual approaches to temporality and to historical research—offers fruitful strategies for creating historical consciousness and perspectives for political agency.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, historiography, and contemporary art.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Art as Historiography 2. Ready for History: The Explosion of the Documentary 3. The Crux of Authorship 4. Archiving, Recording 5. Showing, Telling, Picturing 6. Performing 7. Counterfactual History, Parafiction, and the Critical Ends of Utopia 8. Testing Truth: Tribunal, Script, Trial 9. Anachronism and Anachrony 10. No End of History: Art and History in the Anthropocene

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Eva Kernbauer is Chair of Art History at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.