The Global Work of Art: World's Fairs, Biennials, and the Aesthetics of Experience (Hardback)
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The Global Work of Art: World's Fairs, Biennials, and the Aesthetics of Experience (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 30/06/2017
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Global biennials have proliferated in the contemporary art world, but artists' engagement with large-scale international exhibitions has a much longer history that has influenced the present in important ways. Going back to the earliest world's fairs in the nineteenth century, this book argues that "globalism" was incubated in a century of international art contests, and today constitutes an important tactic for practicing artists. As world's fairs brought millions of attendees into contact with foreign cultures, products, and processes, artworks became juxtaposed in a "theater of nations," which challenged artists and critics to think outside their local academies for the first time. From Gustave Courbet's rebel pavilion near the official art exhibit at the 1855 French World's Fair to curator Beryl Madra's choice of London-based Cypriot Hussein Chalayan for the off-site Turkish pavilion at the 2006 Venice Biennale, artists have used these exhibitions to reflect on contemporary art, speak to their own governments back home, and challenge the wider geopolitical realm changing art and art history along the way. Ultimately, Caroline A. Jones argues, the modern appetite for experience and event structures, which were cultivated around the art at these earlier expositions, have now come to constitute contemporary art itself, producing encounters that transform the public and force us to reflect critically on the global condition.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226291741
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 33 mm


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This is a wide-ranging and ambitious account of the history of biennial-style exhibitions. Displaying Jones s broad knowledge of exhibition history, the history of philosophy, and current theoretical debates, The Global Work of Art covers great ground and should be of interest to art historians, historians of exhibitions, curatorial studies students, and curators. Here is a significant contribution to the study of contemporary art. --Alexander Dumbadze, author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere"
Art has a unique ability to form communities, whether temporary or permanent, by bringing together people from very different backgrounds into a shared space, where differences of perception and worldview are appreciated and actively welcomed. The Global Work of Art presents an exciting, in-depth history of one such community, the art biennial, investigating the considerable potential of this institution and the artworks that have arisen from it. Jones examines the critical, experiential qualities ofartwith great clarity, along with the aesthetics of experience that the biennial as a globalized exhibition format supports. --Olafur Eliasson"
"Art has a unique ability to form communities, whether temporary or permanent, by bringing together people from very different backgrounds into a shared space, where differences of perception and worldview are appreciated and actively welcomed. The Global Work of Art presents an exciting, in-depth history of one such community, the art biennial, investigating the considerable potential of this institution and the artworks that have arisen from it. Jones examines the critical, experiential qualities of art with great clarity, along with the 'aesthetics of experience' that the biennial as a globalized exhibition format supports."--Olafur Eliasson
"This is a wide-ranging and ambitious account of the history of biennial-style exhibitions. Displaying Jones's broad knowledge of exhibition history, the history of philosophy, and current theoretical debates, The Global Work of Art covers great ground and should be of interest to art historians, historians of exhibitions, curatorial studies students, and curators. Here is a significant contribution to the study of contemporary art."--Alexander Dumbadze, author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

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