Liam Gillick, 2009


The MIT Press
English, softcover, 188 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm
ISBN 978-0-262-51351-7


Liam Gillick emerged as part of the generation of “Young British Artists” who energized the British art scene in the 1980s and 1990s. He is now one of the most influential artists in all of contemporary art. Artist, writer, curator, and provocateur, Gillick explores how an artistic practice can be conducted and represented, while at the same time questioning curatorial practice and the conventions of applied design.
This reader coincided with a year-long, multi-venue, mid-career retrospective that served both as a continuous investigation into Gillick's practice and an in-depth study of his work. The book offers a range of critical perspectives on Gillick's work. Among them: political scientist Chantall Mouffe develops her notion of radical democracy and antagonism; sociologist Maurizio Lazzarato (whose theorization of immaterial labor influenced Gillick) comments on the current economic crisis; philosopher and artist Benoît Maire links Gillick to continental philosophy; and Johanna Burton questions Gillick's practice in the context of feminist critique.

Edited by Monika Szewczyk, Stefan Kalmár, Dominic Molon, Beatrix Ruf, and Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Texts by Peio Aguirre, Johanna Burton, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Kelsey, Maurizio Lazzarato, Maria Lind, Sven Lütticken, Benoît Maire, Chantal Mouffe, Barbara Steiner, Marcus Verhagen, Stefan Kalmár, Dominic Molon, Beatrix Ruf, Nicolaus Schafhausen, and Monica Szewczyk.
Designed by Martha Stutteregger.

Price € 12.00
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