How to Do Things with Art (Documents) by Dorothea von Hantelmann

By Dorothea von Hantelmann

Paintings hasn't ever been as culturally and economically popular because it is this present day. How can artists themselves form the social relevance and impression in their paintings? In the right way to Do issues with paintings, German paintings historian Dorothea von Hantelmann makes use of 4 case research artists--Daniel Buren, James Coleman, Jeff Koons and Tino Sehgal--to learn how an art acts upon and inside social conventions, quite during the "performing" of exhibitions. The book's identify is a play on J.L. Austin's seminal textual content, how one can Do issues with phrases, which describes language's reality-producing houses and demonstrates that during "saying" there's consistently a "doing"--a linguistic counterpart to the dynamics anticipated via Von Hantelmann for artwork, within which "showing" is one of those "doing." Von Hantelmann's shut research of works by way of Buren, Coleman, Koons and Sehgal explores how every one of those artists has taken regulate of the way their paintings conducts itself on the earth.

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