[NetBehaviour] Art and Contemporary Critical Practice - Publication.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Sep 22 19:23:38 CEST 2009

Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional 
Critique Gerald Raunig and Gene Ray (editors).

‘Institutional critique’ is best known through the critical practice 
that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s by artists who 
presented radical challenges to the museum and gallery system. Since 
then it has been pushed in new directions by new generations of artists 
registering and responding to the global transformations of contemporary 
life. The essays collected in this volume explore this legacy and 
develop the models of institutional critique in ways that go well beyond 
the field of art. Interrogating the shifting relations between 
‘institutions’ and ‘critique’, the contributors to this volume analyze 
the past and present of institutional critique and propose lines of 
future development. Engaging with the work of philosophers and political 
theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, 
Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno and others, these essays reflect on the 
mutual enrichments between critical art practices and social movements 
and elaborate the conditions for politicized critical practice in the 
twenty-first century.

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