'Many influential artists today draw on a legacy of "stealing" images and forms from other makers. The term appropriation is particularly associated with the "Pictures" generation, centred on New York in the 1980s; this anthology provides a far wider context. Historically, it reappraises a diverse lineage of precedents from the Dadaist readymade to Situationist détournement while contemporary 'art after appropriation' is considered from multiple perspectives within a global context.

'Artist surveyed include: Akasegawa Genpei, Santiago Álvarez, Art Workers Coalition, Ross Bleckner, Marcel Broodthaers, Victor Burgin, Maurizio Cattelan, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Douglas Gordon, Johan Grimonprez, Peter Halley, Hank Herron, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Idris Khan, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Steve McQueen, Alexandra Mir, Keith Piper, Richard Prince, Jorma Puranen, Cindy Sherman, John Stezaker, Retort, Martha Rosler and Philip Taaffe.

'Writers include: Malek Alloula, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, Nicolas Bourriaud, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Johanna Burton, Douglas Crimp, Thomas Crow, Guy Debord, Georges Didi-Huberman, Marcel Duchamp, Okwui Enwezor, Jean-Luc Godard, Isabelle Graw, Boris Groys, Raoul Hausmann, Sven Lütticken, Cildo Meireles, Kobena Mercer, Slobodan Mijuskovic, Laura Mulvey, Jo Spence, Elisabeth Sussman, Lisa Tickner, Reiko Tomii, Andy Warhol and John C. Welchman.' (Back cover)

Appropriation is one of the Documents of Contemporary Art series, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art. Other sourcebooks of the same series are also available in the Archive. For more details, please go to this page.
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Documents of Contemporary Art

Access level

Onsite

editor

David EVANS

Location code REF.WHC
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2009

No of pages

240

ISBN / ISSN

9780854881611

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Introduction: Seven Types of Appropriation

- David EVANS

Precursors
Agitprop
The Situationist Legacy
Simulation
Feminist Critique
Postcolonialism
Postcommunism
Postproduction
Appraisals
Appropriation
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