Adrian Favell: Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art, 1990-2011 (2012)

21 November 2017, dusan

“Any discussion of Japanese contemporary art inevitably leads to the pop-culture fantasies of Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara and the other artists of the Superflat movement. But Japan as a whole has changed dramatically after stumbling through a series of economic, social and ecological crises since the collapse of its ‘bubble’ economy in the early 1990s. How did Murakami, Nara and Superflat become the dominant artistic vision of the Japan of today? What lies behind their imagery of a childish and decadent society unable to face up to reality? Written by a sociologist with an eye for sharp observation and clear reportage, Before and After Superflat offers the first comprehensive history in English of the Japanese art world from 1990 up to the tsunami of March 2011, and its struggle to find a voice amidst Japan’s economic decline and China’s economic ascent.”

Publisher Blue Kingfisher, Hong Kong, 2012
ISBN 9789881506412, 9881506417
246 pages
via author

Reviews: Janet Koplos (Art in America, 2012), Ashley Rawlings (Art Space Tokyo, 2012), David Cozy (Japan Times, 2012), Modern Art Asia (2012).



Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing (2017)

17 October 2017, dusan

“In this, the first anthology of Russian contemporary art writing to be published outside Russia, many of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians come together to examine the region’s various movements of contemporary art, culture, and theory, from communism, cosmism and conceptualism to past and future futures.

With contributions from Barte de Baere, Boris Groys, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Anton Vidokle, Bogdan Mamonov, Pavel Pepperstein, Dmitri Prigov and Masha Sumnina amongst many others, this definitive collection reveals a compelling portrait of a vast and complex nation built on a contradicting dialectic between the material and the ideal and a culture battling its own histories and ideologies.”

Edited by Elena Zaytseva and Alex Anikina
Foreword by Bart De Baere
Publisher Zed Books, London, 2017
ISBN 9781786993243, 1786993244
xvii+516 pages



Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2013)

21 July 2017, dusan

This catalogue explores the history of live, interactive, and video performances since the 1960s. Includes critical essays by the curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, as well as Yona Backer, Naomi Beckwith, Tavia Nyong’o, Clifford Owens, and Franklin Sirmans. Among the artists included are Papo Colo, Sherman Fleming, Coco Fusco, David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Adrian Piper, William Pope.L, Dread Scott, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Edited by Valerie Cassel Oliver
Publisher Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 2013
ISBN 1933619384, 9781933619385
144 pages
via CAM Houston

Reviews: Deborah Cullen (CAA, 2014), Diane Mullin (CAA, 2015).
Exh. review: Elena Tavecchia (Mousse, 2014).

Online companion
Exhibition (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2012-13)
Exhibition (Grey Art Gallery NYU, 2013)
Exhibition (Studio Museum Harlem, 2013-14)
Exhibition (Walker Art Center, 2014)

PDF (23 MB)
See also article about Adrian Piper’s withdrawal from the show.