From the early instances of the urge to collect objects, the 'cabinet of curiosities', to assemblages of found objects and imitations of museum displays, artists have often turned their attention, both creatively and critically, to the ideas and systems traditionally embodied in the museum: display, archiving, classification, storage, curatorship. They have then appropriated, mimicked and reinterpreted these in their own work. Citing a range of examples, James Putnam shows not only the ways in which artists have been influenced by museum systems and made their works into simulations of the museum, but also how they have questioned the role of museums, observed their practices, intervened in them and helped to redefine them.
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Onsite

author

James PUTMAN

Location code REF.PUJ
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2001

No of pages

208

ISBN / ISSN

0500237905

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Introduction: Open the Box
Chapter I: The Museum Effect
Chapter II: Art or Artifact
Chapter III: Public Inquiry
Chapter IV: Framing the Frame
Chapter V: Curator/Creator
Chapter VI: On the Inside
Epilogie: Without Walls
Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium
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Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium