By Thomas Hirschhorn
For the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, writing is a vital device at each degree of his inventive perform. From the 1st cartoon of an idea to appeals to capability collaborators, from unique documentation of initiatives to post-disassembly research, Hirschhorn's writings mark the trajectories of his paintings. This quantity collects Hirschhorn's generally scattered texts, proposing many in English for the 1st time.
In those writings, Hirschhorn discusses the total variety of his artwork, from works on paper to the big Presence and Production initiatives in public areas. "Statements and Letters" tackle vast issues of aesthetic philosophy, politics, and artwork historic commitments. "Projects" give some thought to particular works of art or exhibitions. "Interviews" catch the artist in discussion with Benjamin Buchloh, Jacques Rancière, and others. all through, sure continuities emerge: Hirschhorn's dedication to quotidian fabrics; the centrality of political and financial pondering in his paintings; and his dedication to artwork within the public sphere. Taken jointly, the texts serve to track the artist's principles and inventive ideas over the last 20 years. Critical Laboratory also reproduces, in colour, 33 Ausstellungen im öffentlichen Raum 1998--1989, an out-of-print catalog of Hirschhorn's earliest works in public space.
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