Part of the acclaimed 'Documents of Contemporary Art' series of anthologies. Numerous international exhibitions and biennales have born witness to the range of contemporary art engaged with the everyday and its antecedents in Dada and Surrealism, Pop, Situationism and Fluxus. Art's turn to the ordinary is symptomatic of a desire to address things in the world, rather than the history and institutions of art. It shows a recognition of ordinary dignity or the accidentally miraculous; an engagement with a new kind of anthropology; an immersion in the pleasures of popular culture; or a meditation on what happens, when nothing happens. The celebration of the everyday has oppositional and dissident overtones, offering a voice to the silenced and proposing possibilities for change. This collection of writings by artists, theorists and critics assembles for the first time a comprehensive anthology on the everyday in the world of contemporary art. Artists surveyed include: Chantal Akerman, Francis Alys, Vladimir Arkhipov, Ian Breakwell, Stanley Brouwn, Sophie Calle, Marcel Duchamp, Fischli & Weiss, Nan Goldin, Dan Graham, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hiller, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Mary Kelly, Lettrist International, Jonas Mekas, Annette Messager, Aleksandra Mir, Roman Ondak, Yoko Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Daniel Spoerri, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Andy Warhol, Richard Wentworth and Stephen Willats. Writers include: Paul Auster, Maurice Blanchot, Geoff Dyer, Hal Foster, Suzy Gablik, Ben Highmore, Henri Lefebvre, Lucy R. Lippard, Michel Maffesoli, Helen Molesworth, Nikos Papastergiadis, Georges Perec, John Roberts, David Ross, Nicholas Serota, Michael Sheringham, Alison and Peter Smithson, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Jeff Wall and Jonathan Watkins.
Writings on the "turn to the ordinary" in contemporary art examine the various ways artists have engaged with the everyday since 1945.
Introduction; Art and the Everyday; The Poetics of Noticing; Documentary Style and Ethnography; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.
"The everyday might be everywhere but this astutely edited, accessible and comprehensively documented collection brings contemporary art practice and the ordinary into rewarding realignment for the first time." - Alan Read, author of Theatre and Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance "Stephen Johnstone has put together a highly instructive and page-turning selection of some of the most intriguing writings examining the aesthetics of the everyday. Not only this, he also creates a revealing journey through some of the most pressing issues confronting us today." - Jens Hoffmann, Director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco