Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America (Hardback)
  • Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America (Hardback)

Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America (Hardback)

Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 22/03/2019
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Models of Integrity examines the relationship between contemporary art and the law through the lens of integrity. In the 1960s, artists began to engage conspicuously with legal ideas, rituals, and documents. The law-a primary institution subject to intense moral and political scrutiny-was a widely recognized source of authority to audiences inside the art world and out. Artists frequently engaged with the law in ways that signaled a recuperation of the integrity that they believed had been compromised by the very institutions entrusted with establishing standards of just conduct. These artists sought to convey the social purpose of an artwork without overstating its political impact and without losing sight of how aesthetic decisions compel audiences to see their everyday world differently. Addressing the role that law plays in enabling artworks to function as social and political forces, this important book fills a gap in the field of law and the humanities, and will serve as a practical "how-to" for contemporary artists.

Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520299382
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm

"[An] absorbing and rigorously researched new book. . . .Kee does more than provide a recent history of collisions between art and the law. She overlays developments in the two fields, and argues that each one can help us better understand the other. . . .Models of Integrity reads as a compelling call for artists, arts professionals, and viewers to work more ambitiously, and to think with more nuance." -- Andrew Russeth, * ARTnews *

"...this wide-ranging volume offers insights into issues (of certification and distribution, for instance) that shaped Conceptual art."

* ArtReview *
"...adds a novel perspective on art law, highlighting how both law and art can serve as sources of creative thinking. Illustrations and scholarship form an integral part of the book, and constitute an unconventional and much needed artistic take on the law [putting] six post-sixties artworks in their legal, historical, political, and artistic contexts." * Center for Art Law Blog *
"Brushing with critical intersections of law and contemporary art, this book explores concepts of integrity as mediated and represented through artworks of the 1960s and onwards. Dancing fuidly between historical context, art theory, and legal theory, each piece of art is grounded in the legal developments of the time: questions of integrity for law and artists, the creation of artistic ownership rights, the constitutive power of property, and the emergence of art forms not yet recognised as art. Through art, Kee opens up vital spaces of legal discussion through depictions of (and participation in) authority, power, disobedience and other possibilities beyond compliance and consensus." * Journal for the Semiotics of Law *

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