Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures: Tainted Goods, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures

Tainted Goods, 1st Edition

By Dan Adler


130 pages

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In this book, Dan Adler addresses recent tendencies in contemporary art toward assemblage sculpture and how these works incorporate tainted materials – often things left on the side of the road, according to the logic and progress of the capitalist machine – and combine them in ways that allow each element to retain a degree of empirical specificity. Adler develops a range of aesthetic models through which these practices can be understood to function critically. Each chapter focuses on a single exhibition: Isa Genzken’s "OIL" (German Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2007), Geoffrey Farmer’s midcareer survey (Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal, 2008), Rachel Harrison’s "Consider the Lobster" (CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, 2009), and Liz Magor’s "The Mouth and Other Storage Facilities" (Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2008).


"This book is an argument for paying more attention to the material conditions of sculpture—not as a return to formalism, but as a powerful and necessary tool to cut through the lingo of installation art and the capaciousness of digital culture."

- Gloria Sutton, Northeastern University Art

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Rachel Harrison: "Consider the Lobster" 2. Isa Genzken: "OIL" 3. Geoffrey Farmer: "Me into Many" 4. Liz Magor: "The Mouth and Other Storage Facilities" Conclusion

About the Author

Dan Adler is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at York University in Toronto.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies presents short-form books on varied topics within the fields of art history and visual studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Sculpture & Installation
ART / Business Aspects
ART / Techniques / Sculpting
ART / Museum Studies