This publication accompanies the group exhibition entitled "Dreaming in Public" held at Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok, in 2009. This is the fifth major exhibition of the gallery which specializes initially in contemporary art of India and then expands its focus to include local artists and artists from Pakistan, Europe and the US. According to the curator, Brian Curtin, ' "Dreaming in Public" asks how notions of both "dreaming" and "public" may be understood less by their juxtaposition than mutual infiltration... How do the individual concerns of contemporary artists dovetail with a cultural mood or moment? For example, we could cite the pervasive contemporary issues of globalization, national identity, the influence of canonical art histories, and the cultural significance of particular media. Further, what happens when an artwork meets its public? More than the question of how 'we' engage the artwork is the question of how the artwork can be engaged. What are the limits and the possibilities?'
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Onsite

practitioner

James ELKINS

Johny ML

Location code EX.THA.DIP
Language

English, 

Thai

Publication/Creation date

2009

Edition

1

No of pages

168

ISBN / ISSN

9789746438766

No of copies

1

Content type

catalogue

Chapter headings
Dreaming in Public

- Brian CURTIN

Experiencing Experience

- Gerard STAUNTON

Co-optation and Criticality: A Discussion and Resource
James Elkins and Johny ML debate the politics of the art market and the function of art criticism
Afterword

- Ronald TAVEL

Dreaming in Public
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