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In Search of a Lost Avant-Garde
Author: Matti Bunzl

ISBN: 9780226173818
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1 September 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.27
Description:
In 2008, anthropologist Matti Bunzl was given rare access to observe the curatorial department of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. For five months, he sat with the institution's staff, witnessing firsthand what truly goes on behind the scenes at a contemporary art museum. From fund-raising and owner loans to museum-artist relations to the immense effort involved in safely shipping sixty works from twenty-seven lenders in fourteen cities and five countries, Matti Bunzl'sIn Search of a Lost Avant-Garde illustrates the inner workings of one of Chicago's premier cultural institutions.

Bunzl's ethnography is designed to show how a commitment to the avant-garde can come into conflict with an imperative for growth, leading to the abandonment of the new and difficult in favor of the entertaining and profitable. Jeff Koons, whose massive retrospective debuted during Bunzl's research, occupies a central place in his book and exposes the anxieties caused by such seemingly pornographic work as the infamousMade in Heaven series. Featuring cameos by other leading artists, including Liam Gillick, Jenny Holzer, Karen...

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