Douglas Crimp: On the Museum’s Ruins

On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through analyses of art practices broadly conceived, not only the practices of artists—Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine, and Robert Mapplethorpe—but those of critics and curators, of international exhibitions, and of new or refurbished museums such as the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

The essays:

– Photographs at the End of Modernism.

– On the Museum's Ruins.

– The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject.

– The End of Painting.

– The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism.

– Appropriating Appropriation.

– Redefining Site Specificity.

– This is Not a Museum of Art.

– The Art of Exhibition.

– The Postmodern Museum.

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Griselda Pollock: Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum

In an innovative and experimental format, Griselda Pollock provides another new impetus in ways of thinking and writing about the visual arts. Neither cybernetic nor etherised, Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum is a poetic laboratory breaking the museuma??s rigid rules to create encounters with and between images by and about women as they engaged with and were defined by modernity. Tracking the complex relays between femininity, modernity and representation by means of a sequence of virtual exhibitions, this book reframes art in the twentieth century a??with women in mind.a?? Initially exploring how modernist women engaged creatively with the legacies of western arta??s prime representation of femininity a?? the nude female body a?? the book also contemplates the traumatic rupture scorched into the culture of the West by the Holocaust. What can be the function of art after the atrocity inflicted on bodies by Nazi terror and mass murder? What can feministtheory and aesthetic practice contribute to the debates about art after Auschwitz? In our era of Liquid Modernity with its dizzyingly accelerating pace of change, how can art making working with media such as painting and drawing call upon us to take time, and reclaim the meaning of time a?? times of making, times of viewing, times of thinking? Calling upon both the Freudian museum and Aby Warburga??s Memory Atlas as resources for feminist cultural analysis, this book is another major contribution to contemporary art history and cultural studies.

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Griselda Pollock: Differencing the Canon

In this book, art historian Griselda Pollock makes a compelling intervention into a debate at the very centre of feminist art history: should the traditional canon of the 'Old Masters' be rejected, replaced or reformed? What 'difference' can feminist 'interventions in art's histories' make? Should we simply reject the all-male succession of 'great artists' in favour of an all-woman litany of artistic heroines? Or should we displace present gender demarcations and allow the ambiguities and complexities of desire to shape our readings of art?
Differencing the Canon moves between feminist re-readings of the canonical modern masters – Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Manet – and the 'canonical' artists of feminist art history, Artemisia Gentileschi and Mary Cassatt. Pollock avoids both an unnuanced critique of masculine canons and an unquestioning celebration of women artists. She draws on psychoanalysis and deconstruction to examine the project of reading for 'inscriptions in the feminine', and asks what the signs of difference might be in art made by an artist who is 'a woman'.

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Others Writings by Griselda Pollock
PDF: Visions & Differences
PDF: Modernity and the Spaces of Femininity

Via MOMA: The Feminist Future: Griselda Pollock (Panel Discussion)
Via YouTube:Griselda Pollock Lecture Series and Practitioner in Residence at Camberwell College of Arts
Via YouTube: Griselda Pollock Lecture: Time, Space and the Archive