Examines the work of 16 international modern and contemporary artists whose practices centre on the construction of private worlds or focus on the exposure of hidden facts. The book makes specific reference to Kurt Schwitters, whose seminal work, the “Merzbau”, remains one of the confounding riddles of contemporary art. Including essays by artist and curator, Richard Grayson, specialist in outsider art Roger Cardinal, and Hayward Exhibitions Curator Clare Carolin, “A Secret Service” explores the spaces between psychological compulsion and philosophical expression, and maps the strange and awesome possibilities of the human imagination. Artists featured include: Sophie Calle, Roberto Cuoghi, Henry Darger, Gedewon, Susan Hiller, Tehching Hsieh, Joachim Koester, Kataryzna Josefowicz, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Mark Lombardi, Mike Nelson, Kurt Schwitters, Speculative Archive, Jeffery Vallance and Oskar Voll.
Resonating with the ethos of open dialogue and the experimentation of women artists’ collectives in the 1970s and 1980s, the publication constructs a dynamic, open, and collaborative arena that foregrounds practices of resistance, collectivity, and self-organization. Exhibition catalogue: Cooper Gallery, 28 October 2016 – 16 December 2016.
Editor: Gustaf Broms and Shannon Cochrane | Reference: P3718 | ISBN: 978-0-9730883-4-2 | Type: Publication
In 2014, artist Gustaf Broms composed a list of nine questions that he started to circulate to fellow performance artists. The responses collected are as diverse and wide-ranging as the artists and their own approaches.
Examining a range of performances from the 1960s to the present, as well as protest actions from the lunch counter sit-ins of the US civil rights movement to protest camps in the twenty-first century, this book provides a formal account of endurance and illuminates its ethical and political significance.
Editor: Victor Wang | Reference: P3678 | Type: Publication
Brings together a variety of essays, photographs and archival materials and on the history of early performance art in East Asia. The publication will include texts by An invaluable new research tool, the publication is available free at events and online.
For the 11th edition of DRAF Curators’ Series, guest curator Victor Wang 王宗孚 launches the Institute of Asian Performance Art (IAPA), an international network to deepen the awareness and understanding of the history of early performance art in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.
From Surrealist selfies to feminist self-portraiture, the ISelf Collection explores identity and the human condition through the central themes of birth, death, sexuality, love, pain and joy. Taking the display of the collection at Whitechapel Gallery as its springboard, this book looks generally at the question of the self in modern and contemporary art, and the ways in which artists are thinking about being and identity as an individual, in relation to others, to society and the wider world.