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Author: Friederike Sigler

ISBN: 9780262534338
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 11 August 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 15.0 x 2.3
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Work's meaning both within art and in its wider economic and social context: the complexities of being an art worker in the new economy.

Warhol's Factory of the 1960s, Minimalism's assembly-line aesthetics, conceptual and feminist concern with workers' conditions in the 1970s--these are among the antecedents of a renewed focus on the work of art: labor as artistic activity, as artistic method and as object of artistic engagement. In 2002, the "Work Ethic" exhibition curated by Helen Molesworth at the Baltimore Museum of Art took its cue from recent art to spotlight this earlier era of artistic practice in which activity became as valid as, and often dispensed with, object-production. Revealed through this prism was "dematerialized" art's close and critical relation to the emergent information age's criteria of management, production and skill.

By 2015, the Venice Biennale reflected artists' wider concern with global economic and social crises, centered on exploitative and precarious worlds of employment. Yet while art increasingly engages with human travail, work's significance in itself is seldom addressed by critics. This anthol...

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