From `cabinets of curiosities' to assemblages of found objects and imitations of museum displays, artists have often turned their attention to the ideas and systems traditionally embodied in the museum - display, archiving, classification, storage, curatorship - which they have then appropriated, mimicked and reinterpreted in their own work. Citing a huge 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.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 1030 g
Dimensions: 275 x 230 x 22 mm
Edition: Revised Edition
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